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Royals OF Rick Ankiel Returns: Injured From April 24-July 22

First, Rick Ankiel was supposed to return from the disabled list on Thursday.

Then he took batting practice on Thursday.

Then reports said it was going to happen on Saturday.

There was the Alberto Callaspo trade before the Royals game against the Yankees opening up room for Ankiel.

Ankiel didn't start the game but did replace David DeJesus after the Royals outfielder sprained his thumb.

So Ankiel's official injury time was from April 24 to July 22.