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05/05/08 8:50 PM ET

Figgins' hamstring feeling better

Veteran doesn't think he'll need to go on disabled list

KANSAS CITY -- Encouraged by how his strained right hamstring has responded the past two days, Chone Figgins said he doesn't think a trip to the disabled list will be necessary.

"I don't think so, not the way it's feeling now," Figgins said. "It's feeling a lot better."

There was initial concern, he said, after he felt the hamstring upon completing a slide home for a key run on Saturday against the Orioles, reaching with his hand to swipe the plate.

"I started walking away and could tell it wasn't a cramp," Figgins said. "It just kept going out on me."

Treatments have been helpful, he said. What has him optimistic is the location of the pain, on the outer area of the leg.

"When it's right in the middle, that's the one that gets players out for a while," Figgins said. "Mine is off to the side, on the outside. I'm looking at that as a good sign.

"I'm hoping everything goes well and I'll be back out there soon. I don't like sitting and watching."

Hitting .306 with a .421 on-base percentage, Figgins came into the series with the Royals tied with Torii Hunter for the club lead in runs scored with 18 and leading in steals with 11.

Figgins has reached base safely 61 times in 32 games, getting kept off the bases entirely only twice, by the Rangers on April 5 and by the Red Sox on April 23.

Assuming the leadoff role for the first time this season on Sunday, Gary Matthews Jr. responded with a homer and three walks. Matthews was back in the No. 1 spot on Monday night against Royals right-hander Brett Tomko.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.