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Royals Injury Update: Eric Hosmer to miss 3-6 weeks with stress fracture

By on 8/01/2014 08:30:00 AM

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer left Thursday night's game with the Twins after checking his swing and injuring his right hand, the same hand that took a Jon Lester fastball two weeks ago. Hosmer has a stress fracture and could miss three to six weeks. The Kansas City Star's Andy McCoullough made the announcement late Thursday night.

McCoullough then stated that Hosmer believes the fracture actually occurred when Lester hit him.

Hosmer checked his swing (video) in the fourth inning Thursday night. He stayed in the game until Billy Butler pinch hit for him in the bottom on the sixth.'s Dick Kaegel reminds us that Hosmer missed starting in five of six games after Lester hit him on July 20. He had bruises on his hand, which made it difficult for him to grip the bat. Hosmer, a left-hander, played as a defensive replacement in three games of the four-game series with Cleveland from July 24-26 and sat out on the 27th. He returned to the starting lineup when the Twins came to town on July 29.

Kaegel quoted Royals manager Ned Yost describing what happened during the check swing and the exam that followed. Said Yost,
"His second at-bat, he checked his swing and it really bothered him. Came back in, we re-X-rayed it. The swelling had gone down and it revealed a stress fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand. So it's a definite DL situation and we're looking at three to four weeks."
Hosmer is hitting .267 with 6 HR and 47 RBI, and he has scored 45 runs. His absence could hurt the Royals' chances of making the postseason. They enter play on August 1 four games behind Detroit and 3.5 games out of a wild card spot. It also means that Butler will most likely play first base with Raul Ibanez as the DH.

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