Royals activate Cain from DL, option Eibner

Royals activate Cain from DL, option Eibner

ARLINGTON -- Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is back, and eager to help turn his team around.

Cain, who has been recovering from a strained hamstring sustained in late June, returned after a quick two-game rehab stint with Triple-A Omaha in nearby Round Rock. He started in right field and went 0-for-2 with a walk in the Royals' 8-3 loss to the Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

The Royals went 9-16 in Cain's absence and plummeted to fourth place in the American League Central.

"I'll do whatever it takes to get this team winning," Cain said before Friday's game. "Hopefully I can be a spark. That's a priority right now.

"It's been a tough season so far. We know we're capable of playing a lot better baseball."

To make room on the roster, the Royals optioned Brett Eibner to Omaha.

Manager Ned Yost said Cain likely would play in right field instead of center for a while to ease the amount of running Cain will have to do.

Cain said he is pretty close to 100 percent recovered.

"Everything felt great," Cain said. "I played seven innings the first night and nine innings the next night. It's time to get going.

"I wouldn't say my final gear is there, but it's close enough. We'll say it's 90 percent."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.