MINNEAPOLIS -- Speedy Jarrod Dyson was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday and zoomed right into the Royals' starting lineup -- in center field and leading off against the Twins.
Cain swapped roster places with outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who was optioned to Omaha. Acquired with catcher Humberto Quintero in a trade with the Astros, Bourgeois appeared in seven games for Kansas City and hit .214 (3-for-14) with a double. He was 1-for-3 in stolen-base attempts.
The Royals had expected to have center fielder Lorenzo Cain back for Friday night's game after recovering from a left groin strain during a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. However, that plan ended when Cain, while running after a fly ball, suffered a left hip flexor strain, which is likely to keep him out another four to six weeks. He's back in Kansas City undergoing treatment.
"We want Dyson to play, it's as simple as that," manager Ned Yost said. "We were holding out with a platoon of [Mitch] Maier and Bourgeois until Cain came back. We were expecting Cain back today [but] Cain's going to be out for an extended amount of time so we want to look at Dyson, we want to give him a shot."
Yost said that Dyson won't always be in the leadoff spot. He plans to use Chris Getz there when he plays second base with Dyson batting ninth.
After Cain's original injury, Dyson was recalled for a brief stay and started two games in center field, going 2-for-8 with a double and a couple of outfield glitches. He was sent back to Omaha when pitcher Louis Coleman was called up on April 14 and struggled in his first five games, going 2-for-17.
"I had a few bad games when I first got sent back down," Dyson said. "I picked it back up when we got home and, for the most part, I feel like I've been doing OK."
In his last three games, against Nashville at Omaha, Dyson was 7-for-13.
"Getting sent down is not good for anybody," he said. "I guess I had to get my mind right and stop feeling sorry for myself and get back to playing ball."
In 15 games for Omaha, Dyson had a .333 average with three triples, three doubles and seven steals in eight attempts. Now he's determined to show everybody he deserves to be in the Majors.
"It's gonna be exciting to see," he said.
Duffy likely to pitch in next series vs. Tigers
MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-hander Danny Duffy missed his scheduled start on Friday night because of stiffness in his left elbow, but he's expected to return soon, possibly in the next series at Detroit.
"He feels nothing. No reason not to expect him pitching sometime in Detroit," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Right-hander Felipe Paulino is doing well on a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and could be close to returning. Yost wanted to see how Everett Teaford did as Duffy's stand-in on Friday night against the Twins before making any pitching adjustments or changes.
Teaford lasted just four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Yost said after the Royals' 7-6 victory that he had no roster moves to announce.
There could be a change in the order of the rotation.
One possibility is to push back right-hander Luke Hochevar, who normally would pitch on Monday night at Detroit but is favoring a sore ankle. Duffy could slide into Hochevar's spot or start later in the series.
According to the Royals, pitcher Tommy Hottovy is the fifth player born in Kansas City, Mo., to play for his hometown team. The others are pitchers David Cone, Steve Mingori and Steve Shifflett and infielder-outfielder Kit Pellow.
Manager Ned Yost was fighting a cold on Friday night. Anybody else sick? "Not that I know of," Yost said. "I'm trying to stay away from everybody."
Saturday's 12:05 p.m. CT start against the Twins is an accommodation for TV, namely the FOX network, which will have Steve Physioc and Mitch Williams as announcers.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.