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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Eric Hosmer, Danny Valencia

By on 7/23/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Kansas City Royals moved to within a game of .500 with a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. At 49-50, the Royals are in third place in the American League Central, seven games behind the Detroit Tigers. Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI for the Royals, who played without Eric Hosmer for the second straight game with a hand injury. Moustakas started at third in place of Danny Valencia, who was hit by a pitch on Monday.

Our own Nathaniel Reeves reported on July 21 that Hosmer was scratched from Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox with a bruised hand which occurred the previous day.

An update on Hosmer, as reported by Dick Kaegel of, is that Hosmer missed his second straight night with a bruised hand. Manager Ned Yost said that he would hold Hosmer out of today's game as well as a precautionary measure.
"That's why I'm hoping this doesn't linger. Give him a couple days now and it might save him, instead of battling through it and letting it affect him for three weeks."
Hosmer, in his fourth Major League season, is batting .272 with six home runs and 44 RBI. He's coming off a season in which he hit .302 with 17 home runs and 79 RBI. Hosmer is a career .276 hitter with 56 home runs and 261 RBI.

As for Valencia, he was hit in the left hand by a pitch in Monday night's game and was not in the starting lineup.   He was available to pinch hit last night but did not enter the game.  Valencia is batting .295 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.

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