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Moose, Cain will be ready for Spring Training

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KANSAS CITY -- Two injured Royals from 2016 -- third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain -- report they're nearly 100 percent recovered and will be ready to go for Spring Training.

Moustakas, recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee last May, has been partaking in baseball activities for weeks.

KANSAS CITY -- Two injured Royals from 2016 -- third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain -- report they're nearly 100 percent recovered and will be ready to go for Spring Training.

Moustakas, recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee last May, has been partaking in baseball activities for weeks.

"Feeling good," Moustakas said at the team's FanFest on Friday. "I'm ready to play some baseball, man. Ready to get to work again.

"Knee is good. It's almost 100 percent right now. Been taking ground balls, hitting, throwing, running -- doing all the stuff I'm used to doing."

Cain, who missed most of the 2016 season's final six weeks with an injured left hand/wrist, also reports that he's fully ready to go.

"I've been hitting for a month now," Cain said. "I've been hitting on the field. I'm swinging 100 percent.

"I'm fully healed and ready to go. I've been taking full hacks. There have been no setbacks. I consider myself to be my normal self again."

Moustakas, though, did say he expects to play it smart in Spring Training with the knee.

"They'll take it slow with me -- the training staff will make sure I'm prepared to play in April," Moustakas said. "I don't want to be ready to play in Spring Training -- I want to be ready for the regular season. We'll start talking about a plan for Spring Training in terms of how many days I play in a row pretty soon."

What did Moustakas miss the most after getting hurt?

"Not playing baseball and not being out there with the boys," he said. "I want to be out there in front of the fans at The K."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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