Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer missed a start in Friday night’s series opener against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium to attend to an undisclosed family matter.
Hosmer, though, arrived before first pitch and pinch hit for Ramon Torres in the fourth inning and then came on to play first base in the top of the fifth inning. Brandon Moss started at Hosmer’s usual spot and was shifted to right field upon his arrival.
“I was just going for one day,” said Hosmer who went 1 for 3. “If you’re going to go on bereavement list it’s going to take a couple days. My goal was just to make it here by game time, and I realized it was Friday night and there was a lot of traffic. Luckily, I made it through ... good way to end a long day with a W.”
Hosmer also stole second base in the ninth inning. It was his fourth stolen base of the season.
“We’re aggressive as a team, and we try to be aggressive and see if we can take an extra base,” Hosmer said. “From that point on, a hit wins it. So risk we’ve got to take especially late in the game there, and it’s what’s made us successful over the years.”
Royals manager Ned Yost had said in a pregame press conference that he wouldn’t be surprised if Hosmer made it to the ballpark on Friday night for the game. And that he did.
Also not starting was rookie right fielder Jorge Bonifacio, who fouled a ball off his foot in Thursday night’s 16-4 win over the Detroit Tigers. On Friday, he pinch-hit during the 10th inning, earning a walk on eight pitches from White Sox reliever Tyler Clippard.
Whit Merrifield started in right field in place of Bonifacio, which left room for Torres to make his second start of the home stand at second base.
The Star’s Josh Tolentino contributed to this report.