Notes: Teahen a work in progress
Infielder making transition, learning the ropes in right field
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mark Teahen is right on about right field.Teahen is making the switch from third base to right and learning the intricacies of playing the outfield. "I don't know if I'm better than two weeks ago, but every day I'm getting more comfortable," Teahen said Tuesday. "It is a work in progress. You learn from experience. I'm learning. "I feel comfortable with the way it has gone so far. I feel like I'm making good strides. It shouldn't be any problem come Opening Day. Obviously, many things will come up throughout the season, but with the experiences I've already gone through and the different stuff I work on, I should be able to deal on the fly." Teahen acknowledged Orlando Cabrera's double in the fourth inning fooled him in the Royals' 13-7 loss to the Angels. "I feel like I could have caught it," Teahen said. "It was a ball that was tailing away. Usually, it doesn't carry that far. The wind was blowing a little more today. It is just stuff I need to learn. Cabrera usually doesn't have a lot of pop that way, and I didn't think he got as much of it as he did. I probably could have taken a more direct route and caught it. Live and learn." Teahen said the toughest thing about playing the outfield is "just reading it off the bat." "It is still hard to tell sometimes if a ball is hit hard or not," Teahen said. "I've been told not to think too much. I think I've got good baseball instincts. [Manager Buddy Bell] has said that when you're out there, just let your instincts take over. The more I practice things, those things will become more instinctive." Teahen still ices his right shoulder, which required surgery last September. "I wish I could say it is 100 percent," he said. "Some days, I feel like it is close to that. Some days, it is just tired. For the most part, I can make a competitive throw." First cuts: Right-hander Luke Hochevar, the first overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, was optioned to Double-A Wichita on Tuesday as the Royals made their initial cuts, sending 15 players to the Minors.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.