"He's getting to the point where he's getting ready to play again," manager Ned Yost said before the game with the White Sox. "[Wednesday] he felt really good, [but] still a little tight."
Because of that, the Royals will proceed cautiously, especially considering the cold temperature Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.
"It's early in the year and we don't want to push," Yost said. "We'll see how he does in his drills today. If he feels good, we'll go here in the next day or so."
• Closer Greg Holland, who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with a right pectoral strain, isn't scheduled for any baseball activity until at least the weekend.
"We're going to evaluate him on Saturday and see when he can start to play catch," Yost said.
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.