With Alex Gordon out to start the season with a broken right thumb, Alberto Callaspo has been the likely replacement. But now there are reports that he's hurting a bit with a potential oblique pull. Reports are that it isn't bothering him when he throws or when he bats right handed, but that he does feel it when he tries to hit left handed.
If Callaspo isn't ready to go, could the Royals turn to former White Sox prospect Josh Fields? Fields is the classic example of a AAAA player, and highlights precisely why high strikeout rates in the minors suggest significant struggles in the Majors.