Lefty Lamb looking to make up for lost time

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander John Lamb, after being sidetracked by Tommy John surgery and other ailments, is in the Royals' Major League camp and ready to make up for lost time.

Lamb underwent the surgery in June 2011, but his return last year was complicated by ankle and back problems. When the 2012 season ended, he had started just six games for two Rookie-level clubs, Surprise and Idaho Falls.

"From what I've heard, [there are] no restrictions on me," Lamb said. "I don't know how much they're trying to throw me out here in the spring, but I'm just going out to compete and stay healthy."

With Jake Odorizzi traded to Tampa Bay, Lamb is now ranked third among Royals pitching prospects by MLB.com, behind Kyle Zimmer and Yordano Ventura, and fifth among the team's prospects overall. He's not sure where he'll be assigned this season.

"Obviously, my goal is Kansas City, sooner than later, but I can't rush the process. It's all on them, so I'm just trusting it and whenever I'm there, I'm there," he said.