In the usual parlance of Royals manager Ned Yost, it was “just a day” off for third baseman Mike Moustakas on Monday.
Moustakas was out of the lineup and Christian Colon was starting at third base as the Royals opened a three-game series against the Washington Nationals at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals were facing left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez, and Yost also opted to use the right-handed hitting Paulo Orlando in right field.
It was the second day off this season for Moustakas, who entered Monday batting .258 with seven homers and six doubles in 23 games this season.
O’Hearn heads to Class AA
The Royals have promoted first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, one of their top hitting prospects, to Class AA Northwest Arkansas. O’Hearn, 22, was batting .352 with a .408 on-base percentage and seven homers in 22 games at Class A Wilmington. He also had seven doubles in 88 at-bats, with his slugging percentage sitting at .670.
O’Hearn was an eighth-round pick out of Sam Houston State in 2014. Entering the season, he was rated as the Royals’ 14th best prospect, according to MLB.com.
Starling, Dozier get hot in Class AA
Former Royals first-round pick Hunter Dozier is off to a hot start at Class AA Northwest Arkansas, batting .316 with a .419 on-base percentage and seven homers in 22 games, as of Monday. His teammate, former first-round pick Bubba Starling, is also starting to get on track after a slow start.
Starling had a homer and three hits for Northwest Arkansas on Sunday in a victory over Tulsa, the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate. He is batting .342 in his last 10 games, raising his season numbers to .253/.364/.507.