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Mike Moustakas could rejoin Royals lineup by Sunday

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas worked out Thursday as he rehabbed a hamstring pull.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas worked out Thursday as he rehabbed a hamstring pull. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will likely rejoin the starting lineup in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the White Sox, manager Ned Yost said before Friday’s game.

Moustakas has been nursing a sore right hamstring for more than a week. He has not started once this week, though he did enter Tuesday’s game as a pinch-hitter. Moustakas told Yost he feels about 90 percent on Friday, which encouraged Yost to rest him until Sunday.

“He’ll be ready to go by then,” Yost said. “He should be close to 100 (percent) (Saturday), then we’ll give him that day (off), and he’ll be ready to roll.”

With Moustakas out, the Royals have started rookie Cheslor Cuthbert the past three nights. Cuthbert hit his first career homer on Wednesday and scored two more runs in Thursday’s blowout over the Tigers.

Royals manager Ned Yost gives a pregame update on the chickenpox, Kris Medlen, Greg Holland and Mike Moustakas. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

The Royals' Jonny Gomes talks about the team putting up so many runs in the past two games. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

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