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DeJesus to undergo MRI

DeJesus to undergo MRI

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DETROIT -- Center fielder David DeJesus left for Kansas City on Tuesday morning to have an MRI on his left ankle.

"It's sore," DeJesus said, "but we'll see."

DeJesus left the Royals' hotel in Birmingham, Mich., with general manager Dayton Moore, who was returning home on the open date. DeJesus was to rejoin the team before Wednesday afternoon's game against the Tigers.

"He'll have it evaluated and we'll see where we stand," manager Trey Hillman said. "I don't think it's anything to be overly concerned about. Nothing showed on the X-rays."

DeJesus aggravated a previous injury in the second inning of Monday's 11-inning, 5-4 victory over Detroit. He was turning to chase Carlos Guillen's double when he felt pain. When his turn to bat came in the third inning, Joey Gathright pinch-hit for him and took over in center field.

The original injury came on March 24, in a Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. At first it was reported that he injured his right ankle, but it was his left that twisted as he accelerated out of the batter's box.

In other injury news, Hillman said that X-rays of second baseman Mark Grudzielanek's left hand were negative. Grudzielanek was struck on the hand by a Justin Verlander pitch in the fourth inning.

"There was a little bit of swelling there," Hillman said.

Grudzielanek stayed in the game until the 10th inning and made a couple of outstanding plays despite the discomfort.

"It's great to have that kind of a guy on your team, a veteran that refuses to come out," Hillman said. "He didn't even want to come out of the game when I took him out."

Grudzielanek was replaced by pinch-runner Esteban German after getting a third single in the 10th. Grudzielanek was on base all five times he batted, once on an error.

Most of the Royals took Tuesday off. John Bale, who will be the starting pitcher on Friday night at Minnesota, was to throw a bullpen session caught by Miguel Olivo. Reliever Yasuhiko Yabuta was to play catch and test his right leg, which was bruised when he was hit by a line drive last weekend.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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