A day after getting hit in the ankle by a pitch, Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales received a day off for Sunday’s series finale against the Indians.
"He’s sore," manager Ned Yost said. "He feels a lot better. But he’s got some swelling in there. So we’ll just give him a day."
With Morales out, Alex Gordon replaced him as the DH. Jarrod Dyson took over left field. Christian Colon started in place of second baseman Ben Zobrist.
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Morales has appeared in 152 of Kansas City’s 154 games this season. He leads the team with 105 RBI.
With Morales sore, the team will not use him in right field on Monday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. Yost floated the idea earlier this month, but cooler heads prevailed.
"He wasn’t going to probably play, anyway," Yost said.