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Royals' Rick Ankiel Improving But Not Playing Yet

Royals outfielder Rick Ankiel has yet to return from a quad injury suffered several weeks ago.

Ankiel was in Omaha last week but came back to Kansas City after he had a setback. He's back down in Omaha but isn't taking the field yet.

He suffered a minor setback six games into a rehabilitation stint and hasn’t played since June 15. (He wasn’t in the starting lineup for the Class AAA Omaha Royals game Sunday.) Ankiel was placed on the disabled list on May 4 and has missed 50 games, nearly one-third of the season.

Yost said Ankiel is improving and participating in baseball activities – like running and hitting in a batting cage – but just not playing in games yet.

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