KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced Thursday that they have extended their player development contract with the Wilmington Blue Rocks through the 2014 season.
Wilmington has been a Royals Minor League affiliate since 1993, excluding 2005 and '06, when the Blue Rocks were affiliated with the Boston Red Sox.
Current Royals that played for the Blue Rocks include Aaron Crow, Danny Duffy, Jarrod Dyson, Kelvin Herrera, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez, among others.
"We are very excited to continue our relationship with the Wilmington Blue Rocks an additional two years," said Scott Sharp, Royals director of Minor League operations. "We have been partners with the Blue Rocks for all but two years of their existence and take great pride in this. The ownership group, management team and the community are great supporters of the Kansas City Royals and our Minor League players. The facility and city are second to none in Minor League baseball."
Royals eager to get Cain back on Friday
KANSAS CITY -- Kansas City fans haven't had much opportunity to see what Lorenzo Cain can do since he arrived to the Royals two offseasons ago. But that will change Friday, when Cain returns from a lengthy stay on the disabled list.
Cain appeared in just six games for the big league club last season, and despite earning the everyday center-fielder job out of Spring Training this year, he played in just five games before sustaining a left groin strain while making a stellar defensive play against the A's. The bad luck continued as Cain suffered a second injury, a torn hip flexor in his left leg, before returning to the team.
Come Friday, Cain will be back in uniform for the Royals when they begin their second half against the division-leading White Sox.
"It's been rough, but I've been staying positive as much as possible. I feel like I'm ready to go. Hopefully I'm in the lineup [Friday] and get this thing started," Cain said. "I'll do the best I can. Anything I can do to help us win ballgames in the second half and really get this thing jumpstarted and off on the right track is going to be big for us."
Cain has only played 54 Major League games in his career, including 43 contests for the Brewers in 2010. He played pretty well, too, batting .306 with 11 doubles, 17 runs scored and seven stolen bases in limited time.
The Royals are hoping that he'll provide the same kind of production he did in Milwaukee for a team that struggled at the close of the first half.
"It's nice to have Cain's bat back in the lineup and his ability to cover center field," manager Ned Yost said. "We felt coming into the beginning of the season that Lorenzo Cain was ready to be an everyday center fielder, and the injuries have kind of put a hold on that. He's back healthy, and we're anxious to see what he can do."
Getz set to return as Royals open White Sox set
KANSAS CITY -- Second baseman Chris Getz will rejoin the Royals on Friday against the White Sox.
Getz has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a lateral strain in his left lower leg. He was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season just six days after returning from a left ribcage contusion.
"It's been a bunch of fluke stuff," Getz said. "I feel a little snakebitten myself, but I felt like I came back so well last time, even though it was a short stint. Hopefully I come back just as well this time and go out there and just help the team as much as I can."
Getz has done well for the Royals this season, splitting time at second base with Yuniesky Betancourt. Getz is batting .290 in 36 games.
For Getz, he said the hardest part about being injured was being away from his teammates.
"Watching from afar is always tough," Getz said. "Whether they're doing well or not well, you want to go through these battles with them, and to not be able to do that is always tough. So I'm just happy to be here."
Minor League outfielder Wil Myers was named the Pacific Coast League Star of Stars at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. Myers was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the PCL's 3-0 win.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced Jeff Francoeur as one of 30 preliminary winners of the eighth annual Heart & Hustle Award. The final winner will be announced Nov. 13.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.