Royals' Colon Looks Ahead After Bad Break





KANSAS CITY Second baseman Christian Colon earned an Aug. 8 promotion to
Triple-A Omaha, but lasted just five games before his season ended.

In his third game, he doubled and homered. In his fourth game, Colon went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

In the second at-bat of his fifth game on Aug. 13 at Tucson, Colon fouled a pitch off his face, fracturing the cheekbone just under his right eye and finishing his season.

"It was a fastball inside," Colon said. "I was looking inside, so I opened up a little bit and committed myself and it turned out that I just fouled it off into my cheekbone, right underneath my right eye."

He went to the operating table instead of returning to the batter's box.

"I had to have surgery, just to hold my orbital bone up," Colon said. "The vision is fine. I was very lucky. They did a bunch of tests when it first happened. It was kind of scary at first because you didn't know if you were going to have any damage to the eye, something so close to it. Once they told me at the hospital that my eye was fine and that I could see, I relaxed a little bit more."

Colon, the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Cal State Fullerton, is working out at the Royals complex in Surprise, Ariz., and will move on to the Puerto Rican League in November. Colon said he would play winter ball from the start until the final game after playing just 85 games this season. Besides the eye injury, he also missed a month with a toe injury and had eight rehab games in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

In three minor league stops, Colon combined to hit .301/.376/.413, while drawing 37 walks and striking out just 28 times. Colon was drafted as a shortstop, but has played primarily second base in the minors.

"It's up to them what they want to do and where they want me to play," Colon said. "I played a lot more second than I was expected to play, playing there a lot more than what I played my previous full season."

ROYALTIES

• Righthander Kyle Zimmer, the fifth overall pick last June out of San Francisco, will rehab this fall in Arizona after having surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow. He will not resume throwing before December.

• Righthander Jake Odorizzi was promoted to the big league club on Sept. 16 after going 11-3, 2.93 in 19 games with Omaha. Odorizzi was a combined 15-5, 3.03 with 135 strikeouts and 50 walks in 145 innings between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Omaha.