Injuries Limit Royals' Gallagher
Catcher hindered throughout 2012 season
SURPRISE, Ariz.—Cameron Gallagher was listed as a catcher in instructional league, but the Royals' 2011 second-round pick was restricted to DH in games because of a shoulder injury.
Gallagher jammed his right shoulder diving back into second base on an attempted pickoff in mid-August with Rookie-level Burlington.
"I finished that game, woke up the next morning and couldn't lift (my arm) above my shoulder," Gallagher said. "It's been getting better. They are not trying to rush me. There's no need to try to throw."
He takes part in catching drills, but with no throwing.
Gallagher, who hit .276/.331/.425 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 127 at-bats, was limited to 36 games because of injuries. He was sidelined after suffering a deep bone bruise on his left hand on June 22 when he was hit by a bat during a swing. He returned to go 4-for-6 with two home runs on July 4, but the next day he reinjured the hand on a check swing, missing another week.
"Injuries this year really frustrated me," Gallagher said. "Expectations I had going into year were pretty high. Injuries are part of the game, but they are definitely a setback."
Gallagher, 20, struggled in his professional debut in 2011, going just 11-for-78 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
"Coming from a Pennsylvania high school, I was seeing 79-81 mph. I came down here with a long, loopy swing and was just overmatched," Gallagher said. "I knew I didn't want to get too down on myself. I just want to keep a level head, keep my composure and just know that it was a learning experience and trying to get my feet wet. I worked on trying to get my hands quicker and shortening up my swing, looking more for contact and line drives instead of trying to pull the ball too much.
"Going into Burlington I had a lot of confidence, feeling pretty good about the start of the season and injuries kind of hurt me."
• The Royals fired Kevin Seitzer after four years as hitting coach the day after the season ended. They replaced him with Jack Maloof, who will be the primary hitting coach, and Andre David, who will assist him. Both were promoted from minor league jobs.
• Doug Henry, the pitching coach for the past three seasons at Triple-A Omaha, will now be Kansas City's bullpen coach.