SURPRISE, Ariz. — Eric Hosmer’s slow recovery from a minor strain to his right quadriceps muscle is prompting a go-slow approach by the Royals as spring training swings into its final week.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
“It’s not bad at all,” he insisted. “It’s just not at 100 percent right now and, obviously, this close to the season, you want to get it right. We’re going to take these next two or three days to get treatment on it.
“After that, I’ll be in there every day.”
Hosmer said the injury occurred earlier this month on a stolen base while playing for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.
“It just felt like a cramp,” he said. “It just kept feeling like it was about to cramp up whenever I tried to get full extension on it. Nick (Kenny, the Royals’ trainer) said it was nothing major.
“They just want to make sure it’s 100 percent before the regular season.”
Hosmer was two for four with a three-run homer and an RBI single Friday in a 13-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. He is batting .378 in 13 Cactus League games with 13 RBIs in 13 games.
“He’s about at 85 percent,” manager Ned Yost said. “He can play at 85. It’s obvious. He’s played at it the last couple of days.
“We gave him a day off before the off-day (Thursday), hoping that would get him over the hump and get him back close to 100 percent. It didn’t. We’re just going to take it easy with him.”
Hosmer didn’t play Saturday against Arizona but is scheduled to play Sunday in a minor-league game, where he’ll likely get five or six at-bats under controlled conditions.
Plans call for Hosmer to rest again Monday before, tentatively, returning to action Tuesday against Seattle in Peoria.
“It’s not anywhere near bad enough,” he said, “that I wouldn’t be playing (in the regular season). But I don’t want to be stealing bases or anything like that now.
“I feel that’s a part of my game. I can get on and use my legs a little bit. I kind of want to just make sure it’s 100 percent before (the season opener on) April 1 comes around.”