Royals Avoid Major Injuries In Loss Against Giants


Mike Moustakas took a fastball to the knee and Eric Hosmer landed awkwardly on his shoulder on a diving stop.

The good news is that neither are expected to miss much time, if any. Moustakas may be day-to-day with a contusion, but Hosmer should be fine. With this being spring training, injuries are a dirty word. Nobody wants an injury this time of year, especially to two of the biggest young bats in the lineup.

Secondary to those events, the Royals mustered just five hits and one run off Tim Lincecum and others. Luke Hochevar gave up both San Francisco runs – a homer by Conor Gillaspie and an RBI single by former Royals Gregor Blanco gave the Giants all they needed in the 2-1 victory. The Royals only run came after Jarrod Dyson reached on an infield single, then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error and came home on an Alcides Escobar ground out.

Jake Odorizzi worked two innings, faring better than his first outing where he gave up two runs. On Monday, he struck out two and walked two while giving up no hits in a scoreless appearance. Greg Holland came on later and struck out the first three batters he faced. The fourth flew out.

Wil Myers collected his fifth hit in 16 spring at bats and Johnny Giavotella added his third double in Cactus League action, but overall it was a quiet game for the Royals offensively.

For this point of the season, though, wins and losses aren’t a big deal. Everyone stayed healthy for tomorrow (and beyond for now) which is the most important thing. Next up for the Royals is a 3:05 CST matchup with the Reds. Jonathan Sanchez will look to rebound from a rough first outing that saw him throw just one inning, as he reached his pitch count for the day with three errors behind him.