Royals 3B Mike Moustakas Wants To Be Back For Spring Training

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a long way from being recovered from the torn ACL he suffered May 22nd, but he said he's going to do everything he can to make it back for spring training. Moustakas spoke to reporters Tuesday, after being spotted wearing a large brace on his injured knee. 

"The only goal I have is to be ready for next Spring Training," Moustakas said.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews, and involved Moustakas' patellar tendon replacing his ACL. 

"He just repaired my ACL," Moustakas said. "He took my patellar tendon out and put it where my old ACL was at. That's pretty much it. Drove a couple screws in my bones and did that."

Moustakas was injured on a collision with OF Alex Gordon when they both went for a foul ball. Gordon ended up breaking his wrist and won't return for another two to three weeks. Moustakas doesn't blame Gordon for the collision. 

"Again, Alex plays harder than anybody else on this team," Moustakas said. "So for him to go after that ball and for me to go after that ball, that's just something we always do. And in the beginning, I thought Gordo was hurt pretty bad. And he ended up breaking his wrist. And it stinks that he's out as well. That's just something that happens."

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