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SAN FRANCISCO – Nobody associated with the Kansas City Royals is saying much about the leg injury of outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
The only thing certain: Cain is well enough to be in the lineup for Sunday’s Game 5 of the World Series against the Giants. He is starting in right field for the third consecutive game and hitting third.
Cain did everything in his power to avoid directly addressing the nature of his injury after Game 4. But he came up limping after beating out an infield single in the third inning. He remained in the game, and he said afterward that his condition improved as the game wore on. But Cain, who spent a long spell in the trainer’s room before addressing reporters Saturday night, declined to give any specifics about his injury.
“I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff,” Cain said. “We’re all dealing with stuff. I’ll be ready to go. Right field, center field … wherever they want me.”
Royals manager Ned Yost also gave no details Sunday afternoon on Cain’s condition.
“Nothing that I know of,” Yost said when asked what Cain was dealing with. “You’ll have to ask him. I didn’t see him uncomfortable in any stretch of the imagination. Nobody said he was uncomfortable. He looked fine to me.”
Cain is 4-for-15 with three runs and an RBI in four games against the Giants and was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Yost made a slight adjustment in his batting order for Game 5, moving Salvador Perez up from the seventh to the fifth spot. Mike Moustakas drops a place to sixth and Omar Infante is hitting seventh.
Perez has been one of the Royals’ best hitters in the World Series, going 5-for-14 with a homer and four RBI. Yost said one goal was to break up two of his lefties hitting together in the lineup, cleanup man Eric Hosmer and Moustakas, against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.
“We moved Moose down one spot and moved Salvy up two spots, because he had pretty good at-bats against Bumgarner last time,” Yost said.