Kansas City Royals outfielder Nori Aoki will begin a rehab stint with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday, reports Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.
Nori Aoki is headed to NWA for a rehab stint starting tomorrow.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 6, 2014
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Following two strong seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Aoki was supposed to fill the leadoff void for the Royals, but has struggled in 2014. Aoki has a .263/.326/.324 line with seven stolen bases in 68 games this year. Reliever Will Smith, the player Aoki was traded for, is having an All-Star caliber season, only paining the Royals further.
Even before the groin injury, Aoki was losing some playing time to Jarrod Dyson. Raul Ibanez is also in the fold now and Lorenzo Cain has done well in the leadoff spot, meaning Aoki’s role with the team moving forward is uncertain.
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