Royals' Hunter Dozier working at first base
Hunter Dozier, one of the top prospects in the Royals’ system, had a breakout season in 2016, excelling at Class AAA Omaha before debuting in the majors in September. His encore performance in 2017 has been marked by injuries and frustration.
Dozier, 25, sustained a broken wrist while playing at Class AAA Omaha last week, fracturing the hamate bone at the base of the hand. The usual recovery timeline for the injury is four to six weeks.
The setback comes after he missed nearly all of April and May after straining an oblique muscle in the days before the regular season. Dozier has been limited to just 10 games this season, including three at Class A Wilmington during a rehab assignment. Dozier was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on June 1. His last game for Omaha came on June 6.
Dozier, a first-round pick in 2013, was batting .265 with three walks and three doubles in 34 at-bats this season. He hit .296 with a .366 on-base percentage and 23 homers while splitting time between Omaha and Class AA Northwest Arkansas last season. After spending his early years in the minors as a third baseman, Dozier transitioned to the outfield last season. He had made four starts at third base and three in right field for Omaha before the injury.