DETROIT -- Royal pitching coach Dave Eiland, a teammate of Tony Gwynn with the Padres in 1992-93, was among those saddened by the passing of the Hall of Fame hitter on Monday.
"Obviously he was one of the best hitters of all time, but for being the superstar that he was, he was very approachable, very down-to-earth," Eiland said. "He was always talking hitting, always offering advice to younger players, things like that. Just a pro of all pros."
Eiland also noted that Gwynn was a pioneer in the study of video, now a common tool in baseball.
"He prepared as good as anybody I ever saw," Eiland said. "He was doing his own video of opposing pitchers and his at-bats long before video was ever a part of this game. He would take a VCR on the road and record the games. Numerous times I'd see him climb up on lockers to hook up the VCR to a little TV in the clubhouse, home and road. Then he could watch his at-bats after the game and opposing pitchers and how they were trying to pitch him."
Gwynn was known as an upbeat person.
"He was a very happy guy, always the same guy, regardless of what was going on around him. Very focused and just the same guy every day," Eiland said.
Perez, Moustakas OK after minor injuries
DETROIT -- Catcher Salvador Perez was hit by cramps in both calves and third baseman Mike Moustakas was hit in the forehead by a batted ball, but both Royals declared themselves OK after Monday night's 11-8 win over the Tigers.
Perez was taken out of the game after reaching base on an error in the seventh inning. Brett Hayes ran for him and took over behind the plate.
But Perez was smiling afterward in the clubhouse and had a one-word answer for his condition.
"Bueno," he said.
"He's fine," manager Ned Yost agreed. "He just got cramps in both his legs. They came in and made him drink a bunch of fluids and gave him an IV and he's fine."
Could he be back in the lineup on Tuesday night?
"Oh, sure. You know that," Perez said.
Moustakas was drilled between the eyes when Victor Martinez's chopper took a bad hop in the ninth inning.
"I figured in honor of the World Cup, I'd try to head-butt one back to the dugout," Moustakas said.
The ball didn't go that far, but did bounce back to pitcher Donnie Joseph at the side of the mound. It went for a single just before J.D. Martinez whacked a grand slam.
"I've never played soccer before," Moustakas said.
Royals ink second-rounder Blewett
DETROIT -- Right-hander Scott Blewett, the Royals' second-round choice in the First-Year Player Draft, has signed for $1.8 million, MLB.com has learned.
That was considerably above the pick value of $1,003,200 assigned to the 56th overall pick.
Blewett, from Baker High School in Baldwinsville, N.Y. was the Royals' fourth choice in the Draft.
At 6-6 and 210 pounds, Blewett has a fastball that's been clocked up to 95 mph and a good breaking ball. His career record at Baker High was 16-0 with a 1.01 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings.
Pair of Royals pitchers pick up Minor League honors
DETROIT -- The Royals' organization had a Pitcher of the Week in two leagues last week.
Ryan Verdugo won for Omaha in the Pacific Coast League with a 2-0 record, giving up no runs and five hits in a total 12 2/3 innings. He also had 15 strikeouts and just one walk.
Wilmington's Christian Binford won the Carolina League honor with a three-hit effort for six innings with five strikeouts and no walks as the Blue Rocks beat the Carolina Mudcats, 6-0.
Royals' fathers take batting practice at Comerica
DETROIT -- The Royals' dads on the annual Fathers' Trip had their turn at batting practice on Monday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Mike Gordon, who used to pitch and swing with left fielder Alex and his other sons years ago, was among those taking his hacks.
"I hit a few, but they didn't go very far," Gordon said. "I think something was wrong. . . . I thought I could do a little bit better than that."
Dan Duffy, father of pitcher Danny, said he squared up a couple of line drives and hit about 15 ground balls against batting practice pitcher Rex Hudler.
"Rex fed me a couple of cookies," Duffy said.
Papa Duffy was also the subject of a Joel Goldberg TV interview Saturday at Chicago while his son was taming the White Sox. And that will cost him.
"I work in law enforcement so whenever our faces get on TV or in the newspaper, we have to buy a dozen donuts for the crew," he said. "I'm apparently eight dozen donuts behind right now."
He'll be buying for the folks back in the sheriff's department in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Between 20 and 24 fathers of players and staff members have been with the team each day during the trip to Chicago and Detroit.
Designated hitter Billy Butler was asked to give a scouting report on the batting practice. Closer Greg Holland's father, Scott, got good marks, but Butler was largely noncommittal.
"Greg's dad had a good swing, I think he had one last year," Butler said. "It's just good to have all the dads out there and spend time with them. We did our early hitting and then they had their hitting and it was fun. We're happy to have them all. The Royals are doing a great thing to have them last year and again this year. It's a really great time and it's really thoughtful for them to do that.
And how did Billy's pop, JD, do?
"He spent all his time teaching me how to hit. He didn't hit himself," Butler said diplomatically.
Chen ready for Triple-A rehab outing
DETROIT -- Left-hander Bruce Chen rejoined the Royals here on Monday, but not for long. He'll be heading for Omaha to pitch against Albuquerque in a Pacific Coast League game on Wednesday.
"I'm going to dominate," Chen said, smiling. "It's part of my plan. Get all the runs out of the way, then boom, you make a big impression. And it's like, 'Oh, yeah, now he's ready.' "
Chen was banged around in his last two starts of his Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment. The good news is the bulging disc that put him on the disabled list in early May has healed.
"Right now, the back feels great. I'm very happy with the way the workload is going," Chen said. "I've been doing more stuff. Yesterday was the first day I ran outside and it feels good. So I feel like I'm progressing nicely."
Manager Ned Yost isn't too concerned about the hits and runs that Chen has been giving up.
"What did I tell you in the spring?" Yost asked. "He's not a Spring Training pitcher. Probably not a rehab pitcher either."
Depending on how third baseman Danny Valencia reacts to batting practice swings on Monday, he's likely to begin a rehab assignment with Omaha as well. He's been out since June 1 with a left hand strain.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.