Designated hitter Kendry Morales will play first base in place of Hosmer, while utility infielder Christian Colon will take over at short. Jarrod Dyson will play centerfield, with ailing Lorenzo Cain, who injured his hamstring last week.
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The Kansas City Royals expect Eric Hosmer to miss the entire Astros series, which is a blow to an offense which has helped fuel a four-game winning streak for Kansas City. According to the Kansas City Star, Hosmer’s sprained ring finger swelled up during Sunday’s 5-3 victory over the Oakland A’s. Hosmer moved to designated hitter, rather than play first base, due to the injury.
Meanwhile, ALcides Escobar is also missing Monday’s opener to the Astros series with a split nail on his inex finger he suffered late in Sunday’s game against Oakland. Christian Colon replaced Escobar in the 8th inning. Early reports indicated that Escobar would play Monday, but manager Ned Yost scratched him before game-time.
While Ned Yost is wise to allow his hurting players to heal, missing both Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar will hurt the KC Royals in their showdown with the American League West leading Astros. Houston is a surprising 44-34 this season after numerous years rebuilding.
Let’s hope the KC Royals can find a little make-do magic over the next three games.
They’ll need it.