Appier will start Friday against Devil Rays

Updated: August 7, 2003, 2:12 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Even when the Kansas City Royals get some good news, there's an injury lurking somewhere to spoil it.

The AL Central-leading Royals reached a deal with former ace Kevin Appier on Wednesday, only to lose outfielder Michael Tucker with a broken right leg.

"Getting Appier is good for our team,'' first baseman Ken Harvey said. "We need some starting pitchers.''

Actually, the Royals could use warm bodies of all sorts these days. Tucker will miss 6-to-8 weeks ...

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