KANSAS CITY -- Joakim Soria is throwing again.
Soria, the Royals' closer in the previous five seasons, picked up a baseball for the first time on Tuesday since his Tommy John surgery and threw it -- 25 times from a distance of 45 feet, to be exact.
This breakthrough happened at the Royals' complex at Surprise, Ariz., where Soria has been going through rehab since undergoing elbow reconstructive surgery on April 3.
Soria compiled 160 saves from 2007 through 2011 with a cumulative ERA of 2.40. He was replaced by Jonathan Broxton in the first half of this season and, after Broxton was traded, by Greg Holland in the second half.
The Royals hold an option on Soria's 2013 contract for $8 million.
Moustakas, Hosmer out for final two contests
KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost made it official on Tuesday: Third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer will miss the final two games of the season.
Moustakas was taken out of Monday night's 6-3 loss to the Tigers in the ninth after re-injuring his left groin while sliding at second base in the sixth inning. He stayed in the game until after he struck out in the eighth.
"That's when I saw it and noticed the grimace on his face. I said that's it," Yost said.
Moustakas sustained the injury in Sunday's game at Cleveland, the day after a 14-inning marathon win over the Indians.
"I tweaked it coming in on a play and didn't think too much of it," he said, "and then [Monday] on the slide I kind of tweaked it up again, so the skip says no reason to get out there again."
Hosmer sustained a slight tear in his right rotator cuff last Thursday on a fielding play at Detroit. He hasn't played since.
Moustakas, after a fast start, finishes with a .242 average but his 20 home runs and 73 RBIs as of Monday were second on the team only to Billy Butler's 29 homers and 107 RBIs.
Hosmer, following a sensational rookie season, struggled this year. His numbers include a .232 average, 14 homers and 60 RBIs.
Royals caught up in Miggy's run at history
KANSAS CITY -- If Miguel Cabrera is going to win the Triple Crown, he'll do it in Kansas City.
The Tigers' season was extended into the postseason thanks to their win Monday night at Kauffman Stadium, and their final two games of the regular season against the Royals could determine whether or not Cabrera becomes the first big leaguer since 1967 to win the Triple Crown.
The guys in the home dugout are trying to get Cabrera out and trying to win their last two games but, at the same time, the Royals can't help but be amazed with the Detroit third baseman's accomplishments.
"It would be a phenomenal thing if Miguel Cabrera could do it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's extremely difficult to do, to be the complete hitter, to be a run producer in terms of RBIs, to be a power hitter in terms of home runs and then to lead the league in average. I don't know when the next time we'll see it happen again is. These next few days are going to be real interesting to see what happens."
Cabrera put on a show in the Tigers' American League Central-clinching win Monday, going 4-for-5, including his 44th home run.
"He's impressive," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said. "He hit a home run last night the other way. This park isn't easy to hit one out of. He's on a roll right now. It's fun to watch. He had four hits last night. He's doing something you may never see happen again.
"Whenever you're watching him, you're watching him as a fan, even me going up against him. Of course, we want to get him out and everything like that, but you just realize that guy's really good. You just become a fan watching him because he's so good."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.