The Royals absorbed another injury on Wednesday — this time, to their hottest hitter.
Designated hitter Kendrys Morales missed Wednesday’s series finale against the Blue Jays with a back issue. Royals manager Ned Yost said Morales’ back “locked up on him” on Tuesday night. It remained tight on Wednesday afternoon, and Yost described Morales as “day to day” entering a weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.
“Last night after the game, it was pretty stiff,” Yost said. “He came in today, tried to work it out and see if he could play. But it was too tight.”
The latest injury news comes after three straight losses and just one day after the Royals placed closer Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list because of a forearm strain. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) is also on the 15-day disabled list and will be out until after the All-Star break.
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Morales entered Wednesday with five homers in his last six games. He batted .402 with a .453 on-base percentage in June, shaking off a sluggish start during April and May. He spent five days in right field during interleague play before returning to the DH spot Monday. With Morales out of the lineup, Brett Eibner served as the designated hitter.