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It was a rough week for the Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas. He ended up needing to leave the game on Sunday due to a family situation, and his timetable to return is unknown. *Moustakas was placed on the bereavement list – our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.*
It may be that whatever that family situation was had been weighing on Moustakas’ mind over the past week. Before leaving on Sunday, Moustakas had posted a .080/.179/.080 batting line, with one run scored. While Moustakas drew three walks and only struck out twice, he just was not close to being the player that we have come to expect this season.
The expectation is that when Moustakas is able to return, he will be able to provide the Royals with the offensive firepower that we have come to expect. Indeed, Moustakas has been a different batter for much of this season, spraying the ball around the ballpark with authority. Weeks like this past one have been few and far between.
The Kansas City Royals need Mike Moustakas to be the type of hitter he has been for most of the season. Hopefully, everything will be resolved soon, and Moustakas can once again focus on baseball without anything being wrong with his family.
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