Aoki putting work in before rehab assignment

Aoki putting work in before rehab assignment

CLEVELAND -- Royals outfielder Nori Aoki chased balls belted around right field by coach Rusty Kuntz on Sunday morning at Progressive Field and then got busy packing his bags.

That was an indication that everything went well and Aoki, on the disabled list with a groin strain, was heading to join Double-A Northwest Arkansas for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.

Aoki has not played since June 20 and no timetable has been set for his return to the Royals.

"I really haven't heard much about it," Aoki said. "I just want to get some at-bats and play some games. In terms of drills and practice, I feel great and I've just got to bring that into the game now."

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