Grudzielanek hurt: Gold Glove second baseman Mark Grudzielanek went for a precautionary MRI on a sore knee on Saturday. He will not play on Sunday, as was previously planned."I'm not sure how serious it is or if he is going to play in the next couple of days or not," Bell said. Bullpen sessions: Joe Nelson and Joel Peralta threw off the mound with no problems on Saturday for the first time in more than a week. Nelson had been shelved with tightness in his right shoulder, while Peralta was hospitalized for two days and received a spinal tap after running a high temperature. Bell said Peralta is ahead of Nelson because Peralta was sick, while Nelson had an arm issue. "If everything goes all right, I'll throw in a game in eight to 10 days," Nelson said. Nelson and Peralta are kindred spirits, behind the other pitchers early in spring, but if they have no setbacks, the pair should be ready as relievers by the time the season opens. "Joel and I are on the same plan," Nelson said. "He's my partner. I don't want him to feel alone." Scott Elarton is scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches off the mound on Sunday, including breaking balls for the first time since having shoulder surgery in August. Short start: Odalis Perez retired only four of the 11 Rangers he faced in the Royals' 8-5 loss on Saturday. Perez allowed four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two, in 1 1/3 innings. "It is my first outing," Perez said. "I don't have any concerns. I'm healthy. I don't remember in Spring Training when I threw good. I don't ever remember having a good spring, even in the Minors." Said Bell: "It wasn't very effective, but he threw strikes and he's in good shape. He feels like his mechanics are pretty sound. That is basically where he was today. I'm sure he would have liked to have gone three innings, but it's a typical veteran Spring Training outing. I was pleased." Andres Blanco went 3-for-4 as the Royals collected 13 hits on Saturday. The Royals are now hitting .343 over their first three games. Mark Teahen and John Buck homered, while Billy Butler had a single and double. Sold out: The Royals announced on Saturday that their April 2 opener sold out that morning, the first day single-game tickets went on sale. "The response this morning at Kauffman Stadium, online at royals.com and on the phone has been tremendous," said Lance Buckley, senior director-tickets sales and services. "This is the best first day of sales for the Royals in over 15 years." Up next: Luke Hudson will start for the Royals against the Rangers at 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday at Surprise Stadium. Greinke, Octavio Dotel and John Bale are also scheduled to pitch. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy will start for the Rangers.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.