Royals manager Ned Yost held Mike Moustakas out of Sunday’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays to rest his sore right knee, which was hit by a pitch the day before. Cheslor Cuthbert started for the second game in a row.
“We’ll give him a day to get over it,” Yost said after the game. “He easily could have played, but we don’t have to force it.”
Moustakas sat for most of Saturday, so he could rest and so Yost could use Cuthbert, a right-handed batter, against Blue Jays southpaw Mark Buehrle. Moustakas entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He was promptly hit by a 96-mph fastball from former Royal Liam Hendriks.
Moustakas stayed in the game and played defense in the bottom of the inning. He managed to make the game-ending play on a grounder against fellow third baseman Josh Donaldson. But he felt sore when he left the park, and Yost opted for caution.
Moustakas can also rest on Monday’s day off in Detroit. The Royals finish this 10-game road trip with three against the Tigers starting on Tuesday night.
“The opportunity to give him the day today and the day tomorrow, it just helps us,” Yost said.