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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Eric Hosmer expected to avoid surgery

By on 8/02/2014 02:00:00 PM

The news got a little better for Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. After X-rays and consultation with a hand specialist, the Royals have decided that Hosmer will not need surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right wrist. Therefore, he could return to action in late August to early September and help the Royals continue their push for their first postseason appearance since 1985.

The Royals still expect Hosmer to miss at least three weeks according to's Alex Espinoza. They expect to disable him Saturday to make room for pitcher Jason Vargas  (appendectomy), whom the team will activate from the DL. Billy Butler will most likely continue to play first base with Raul Ibanez serving as the designated hitter.

Hosmer left Thursday night's game after checking his swing in his second at bat. Initial X-rays revealed the stress fracture that may have occurred two weeks ago when Jon Lester hit him with a fastball. Further evaluation on Friday, though, revealed that he will need enough rest for the fracture to heal on its own. On Friday, Espinoza quoted Royals manager Ned Yost describing the results. Said Yost,
"They'll probably do a CAT scan on it now. We had our hand specialist come in last night and he evaluated Eric, looked at the X-rays and they're pretty sure with what they saw. It's a non-displaced stress fracture. That means it doesn't need to be casted, doesn't need surgery; just needs time to heal."
Hosmer is hitting .267 with 6 HR and 47 RBI.

The Royals trail the Detroit Tigers by four games in the A.L. Central as play begins on August 2, and they are 2.5 games out of the second A.L Wild Card spot, trailing only the Toronto Blue Jays.

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