Eric Hosmer expects to sit out this series against Houston to rest his sprained left ring finger. The finger swelled up on Hosmer during the Royals’ series finale against Oakland on Sunday after he initially injured it sliding into second base the day before.
“There’s a lot of swelling,” Hosmer said before Kansas City faced the Astros on Monday. “So it was hard to grip [Sunday]. When I was throwing, I couldn’t really get any feeling on the side of my finger. So I couldn’t throw a ball. And then the grip just wasn’t right. That’s why I came out of the game. It wasn’t smart to take another at-bat.”
Hosmer left early on Sunday, and does not figure to resurface until Thursday’s series against the Twins at Kauffman Stadium. He plans to play catch that afternoon to test the readiness of his finger.
“We’ll let the swelling go down,” manager Ned Yost said. “We’ll let the soreness get out. Then we’ll look at it in a day or two.”
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Until then, the Royals will be without one of their better hitters at a time when two other lineup fixtures are also battling nagging injuries. Lorenzo Cain continues to nurse a strained left hamstring. He played designated hitter on Monday, and the team may keep him away from fielding for the duration of this series.
But Alcides Escobar was a late scratch from the Kansas City lineup. A grounder cracked the nail bed on his right index finger on Sunday. He departed the game because he was unable to grip the baseball.
Escobar threw before Monday’s game to check on his readiness. He was initially deemed healthy enough to play, but the team removed him from the lineup about an hour before first pitch.
“It feels OK,” Escobar said earlier in the day. “There’s pain when I try to throw hard. But I can throw. I can throw. There’s just a little bit of pain in my finger.”
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