HOUSTON -- Kansas City Hall of Famer George Brett will be the Royals' representative at this year's First-Year Player Draft.
Brett and one or two representatives from all 30 Major League teams will be at the June 6 Draft in New York.
Other former stars in attendance will include Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox, Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins, Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies, Will Clark of the San Francisco Giants and Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers.
The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. (Central Time). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 5:00 p.m.
Brett, a third baseman, played his entire 21-year Major League career with Kansas City from 1973-93.
He was named Most Valuable Player in the American League in 1980 when he hit .390 with 24 home runs and 118 RBIs.
The Royals retired Brett's No. 5 uniform in 1994, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
He won three batting titles and finished his career with a lifetime .305 average. Brett hit 317 career home runs and drove in 1,596 runs.
The Draft will have 40 rounds, and a club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds. Like each of the previous four years, the Draft will span three days.
For the first time, the Draft will feature competitive balance rounds that give teams with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets the opportunity to obtain additional Draft picks through a lottery, which was held last July. The 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 clubs in the smallest markets were entered into a lottery for the six selections immediately following the first round (picks 34-39).
With Perez out, emergency catcher Getz to be backup
HOUSTON -- Kansas City manager Ned Yost and second baseman Chris Getz are in total agreement when it comes to one aspect of the game. Neither wants to see Getz behind the plate as the Royals' emergency catcher.
With starting catcher Salvador Perez sitting out Tuesday night's game with a minor injury, it raised the question of what would the Royals do if backup catcher George Kottaras was also injured in a game?
"We don't want to think about that," Yost said.
"I don't really want to think about it either," Getz agreed.
Getz said he hadn't caught in a regular game since Little League, when he also pitched and played shortstop. He said his Little League team from Grosse Pointe, Mich., won a championship.
"I must have called a good game," Getz said.
What if Getz had to go behind the plate for the Royals?
"I'm not sure how to put on the catching gear," Getz said.
Getz grew up admiring Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell, so he was probably destined to be an infielder.
Yost was asked if Getz knew he was the emergency catcher.
"Yeah, I told him yesterday," Yost said.
Perez suffered discomfort in his right hip during Monday's game when he attempted to make a sliding catch on a foul ball and his outstretched leg hit a post in the Houston dugout.
"It's very good news," Yost said of Perez's injury. "We were worried when he jammed his knee; he pushed his socket back and there might have been a tear in it. Well, there wasn't. It's just a bruise. A deep bruise. Which is good news."
Yost said Perez would be available if Kottaras was injured during Tuesday's game.
"We're going to give him a day or two [off]," Yost said. "He might need another day, he might not. We'll just have to go day-to-day and see where he's at, see what he can do."
Getz was in the starting lineup Tuesday at second base, with Elliot Johnson moving to shortstop to give Alcides Escobar some rest.
"Escy's in a funk right now, so we'll give him a day," Yost said. "Just have him take it easy. He's played every game, every day. We might have him back in there tomorrow."
Escobar is hitting .219 on the road trip (7-for-32) with only one extra base hit.
Cain's family in Oklahoma 'fine' after tornado
HOUSTON -- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain lives in Norman, Okla., in the offseason, not far from where a tornado tore through central Oklahoma on Monday.
"Everybody's fine," Cain said of his wife Jenny and her family. "My in-laws are there. It didn't hit Norman."
Norman is about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City and only 8 1/2 miles south of Moore, Okla., which sustained the most serious damage. At least 24 people were killed by the tornado and approximately 240 were injured.
Cain's wife went to college at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Cain, who was born in Valdosta, Ga., and grew up in Florida, said he doesn't know anyone who lives in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb of 56,000.
"They said it was very devastating to see stuff like that," Cain said after watching the aftermath on television. "It breaks your heart to see people have to deal with a tragedy like that.
"I say my prayers and hope everyone is doing great [to] get back on their feet and get going."
Cain, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk batting leadoff Monday, was moved down to No. 6 in the lineup for Tuesday night's game.
Gene Duffey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.