Lackey hasn’t allowed a run in 19 1-3 innings and is 2-0 in his last two starts. But he may not have his best defense behind him when he goes for a third consecutive victory.
Eckstein, who has a .986 fielding percentage with just five errors at shortstop this season, sustained whiplash while making a catch in Anaheim’s 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. The shortstop had his right arm in a sling after the game, and doesn’t know how much time he will miss. Benji Gil would probably replace Eckstein in the lineup.
Tests taken Sunday revealed that Salmon, who gives the Angels a strong, accurate arm in right field, has kidney stones and is scheduled to see a urologist.
Eric Owens would likely be Salmon’s replacement.
Anaheim had won two straight and four of five before Sunday’s contest.
Royals rookie closer Mike MacDougal, whom Angels manager Mike Scioscia named to the AL All-Star team, picked up his 10th straight save and 24th in 29 chances as Kansas City beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3.
MacDougal is the second Royals rookie to be named an All-Star. Kevin Seitzer represented Kansas City in 1987.
Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney was selected for the fourth straight season, giving the Royals two All-Stars for the first time since 2000.
Kansas City took three of four games from Detroit to complete a 6-5 homestand.
Tuesday’s game opens a six-game road trip for the Royals, who are trying to hold off the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central lead.
STANDINGS: Royals - 1st place, AL Central. Angels - 3rd place, 10 1/2 GB, AL West.
ROYALS PROBABLE STARTER: Darrell May (2-4, 3.87 ERA). The left-hander has won his last two starts, posting a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings. May pitched a six-hitter in his last start to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-2. He is 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA in three career games against Anaheim.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Lackey (6-7, 5.01 ERA). The right-hander pitched a four-hitter in his last outing, striking out eight as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-0. Lackey has never faced Kansas City.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Royals - Sweeney, .321 avg.; Michael Tucker, 13 HRs; Sweeney and Raul Ibanez, 50 RBIs; Ibanez, 52 runs; Carlos Beltran, 23 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .308 avg., 19 HRs and 72 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 50 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: First meeting.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Royals - Kansas City has been successful on 15 straight steal attempts. … 2B Desi Relaford is batting .470 (8-for-17) with five RBIs and five runs in his last four games. … OF Tucker has three HRs and six RBIs in his last four games. Angels - C Bengie Molina is batting .409 (9-for-22) with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games. … RHP Troy Percival has converted his last 12 save opportunities, and has allowed one run in his last 13 innings.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Royals - 21-19 on the road; Angels - 24-19 at home.
INJURIES: Royals - IF Mendy Lopez (calf), 15-day DL; IF Sweeney (back), 15-day DL; OF Dee Brown (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Runelvys Hernandez (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Kyle Snyder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Miguel Asencio (elbow), 60-day DL. Angels - IF Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.