KANSAS CITY -- Kansas City fans haven't had much opportunity to see what Lorenzo Cain can do since he arrived to the Royals two offseasons ago. But that will change Friday, when Cain returns from a lengthy stay on the disabled list.
Cain appeared in just six games for the big league club last season, and despite earning the everyday center-fielder job out of Spring Training this year, he played in just five games before sustaining a left groin strain while making a stellar defensive play against the A's. The bad luck continued as Cain suffered a second injury, a torn hip flexor in his left leg, before returning to the team.
Come Friday, Cain will be back in uniform for the Royals when they begin their second half against the division-leading White Sox.
"It's been rough, but I've been staying positive as much as possible. I feel like I'm ready to go. Hopefully I'm in the lineup [Friday] and get this thing started," Cain said. "I'll do the best I can. Anything I can do to help us win ballgames in the second half and really get this thing jumpstarted and off on the right track is going to be big for us."
Cain has only played 54 Major League games in his career, including 43 contests for the Brewers in 2010. He played pretty well, too, batting .306 with 11 doubles, 17 runs scored and seven stolen bases in limited time.
The Royals are hoping that he'll provide the same kind of production he did in Milwaukee for a team that struggled at the close of the first half.
"It's nice to have Cain's bat back in the lineup and his ability to cover center field," manager Ned Yost said. "We felt coming into the beginning of the season that Lorenzo Cain was ready to be an everyday center fielder, and the injuries have kind of put a hold on that. He's back healthy, and we're anxious to see what he can do."