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Lorenzo Cain sits out with sore hamstring, Eric Hosmer plays D.H. with sprained finger

The Royals' Alcides Escobar (left) and Lorenzo Cain celebrate after scoring against the Athletics during Friday’s baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Both scored on a single by Eric Hosmer.
The Royals' Alcides Escobar (left) and Lorenzo Cain celebrate after scoring against the Athletics during Friday’s baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Both scored on a single by Eric Hosmer. AP

The Royals paid a price for their double steal in the sixth inning of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Athletics. The maneuver led to the tying run and the go-ahead run both scoring on Kendrys Morales’ single, which gave Kansas City a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. But on Sunday morning, the two runners, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, both sported injuries from the play.

Cain tweaked his sore left hamstring when he sprinted to third. He sat out Sunday’s series finale. Hosmer jammed his left ring finger when he slid into second. He vacated first base and played designated hitter on Sunday. Kendrys Morales replaced him in the field.

When the day began, the more serious concern appears to reside with Cain, who also sat out Wednesday night in Seattle. But Hosmer departed midway through Sunday’s game with increased discomfort in his finger.

“It just got sorer and sorer as the day went on,” manager Ned Yost said after the game. “So he’s a day-to-day thing. We’re just going to have to look at it, and see what happens.”

Yost said Hosmer probably would sit out Monday night’s game against the Astros in Houston. He expected Cain to serve as designated hitter. Cain had to pinch-hit for Hosmer in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game. Cain rolled a single up the middle, but Salvador Perez saved Cain’s legs when he homered in the next at-bat.

Cain had injured the hamstring Tuesday night while making a running catch against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Cain triggered the soreness again Saturday.

“He’s still nagged with that little thing there,” Yost said. “We just want to make sure that we don’t make it worse.”

Meanwhile, shortstop Alcides Escobar departed after the seventh inning Sunday with a broken nail bed in his right index finger. A ground ball jumped up and cracked the nail. Escobar tried to stay in the game but left when he no longer could grip the baseball.

“I think I’ll be back tomorrow,” Escobar said after the game. “I think I’ll be ready tomorrow.”

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