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KC Captain Slated to Play in Opener of Twinbill08/23/2007 2:34 PM ET
By Kevin McNabb / Omaha Royals
OMAHA, NE - Kansas City Royals first baseman/DH Mike Sweeney will begin a rehab assignment with Omaha on Friday, August 24th. The five-time American League All-Star is slated to be in Omaha's lineup in only the first game of the Royals' doubleheader with the Round Rock Express. First pitch for that seven-inning contest is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Sweeney, 34, hasn't played a game since June 17th due to a knee injury. He went on the disabled list on June 19th and underwent surgery on July 5th to correct a cartilage problem in his right knee. Prior to the injury, the Royals' team captain batted .245 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 57 games.
Sweeney was an A.L. All-Star in 2000-2003 and in 2005. He was named the Royals Player of the Year in 2000, '02 and '05. A 10th round draft pick of the Royals in 1991, Sweeney played for Omaha in the 1996 and 1997 seasons and has made brief rehab assignment stints with the club in 2002, 2003 and again last season.
Friday's doubleheader marks the final Werner Enterprises Fireworks Friday of the season, also presented by KETV-Channel 7 and KGOR 99.9 FM.
The NASCAR night promotion that was scheduled for Wednesday night has been rescheduled as NASCAR Day this Sunday, August 26th. During the Royals' home finale that day, fans will have the chance to win NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series tickets from Kansas Speedway.
For more information or tickets, call the Royals ticket office at (402) 738-5100. Tickets are also available online at www.Oroyals.com and www.Etix.com.
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