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Hunter Dozier reinstated from 60-day disabled list; Paulo Orlando out until late July

Hunter Dozier is congratulated on his ninth inning home run by Jorge Bonifacio, who homered in the eighth inning, in spring training on March 13.
Hunter Dozier is congratulated on his ninth inning home run by Jorge Bonifacio, who homered in the eighth inning, in spring training on March 13. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The Royals reinstated top prospect Hunter Dozier from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday and optioned him to Class AAA Omaha. Dozier, who sustained a strained oblique muscle near the end of spring training, was already playing for Omaha on a rehab assignment.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Dozier, the club placed outfielder Paulo Orlando on the 60-day disabled list. Orlando, who began the season as the Royals’ starting right fielder, suffered a fractured left tibia after fouling a ball off his shin on May 12. Orlando cannot be reinstated to the roster before July 31, though he can begin a rehab assignment before that date.

Dozier, 25, has played five games on his rehab assignment, including three for Class A Wilmington and two at Omaha. He is 5 for 16 with two doubles, two walks and eight strikeouts since returning. A first-round pick in 2013, Dozier made his major-league debut last September. He opened the 2017 season as one of the top position prospects in the Royals’ system.

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