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Royals’ Mike Moustakas takes a day off to rest sore knee

Mike Moustakas was out of the Royals’ lineup for Thursday’s day game against Colorado, but could be called upon to pinch hit in Cleveland this weekend.
Mike Moustakas was out of the Royals’ lineup for Thursday’s day game against Colorado, but could be called upon to pinch hit in Cleveland this weekend. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Battling a sore right knee, third baseman Mike Moustakas received a day off Thursday as the Royals concluded a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

The discomfort surfaced on Wednesday night in Moustakas’ final at-bat, Royals manager Ned Yost. Moustakas felt a pop in his knee and moved gingerly as he returned to the dugout after flying out to center field.

“He’s got a tendon in his leg that just kind of rolled over and popped,” Yost said. “There’s no structural damage, no inflammation, no fluid. He just got a little sore.”

It’s possible that Moustakas could spend a day or two at designated hitter as the Royals open a series at Cleveland on Friday night. Yost said they would evaluate his knee again after the day off.

“It’s not anything that we’re concerned about a bit,” Yost said.

Moustakas previously battled knee issues after being drilled in the hip by Detroit reliever Bruce Rondon on July 26 at Comerica Park. The incident resulted in a deep bruise on Moustakas’ leg that drained fluid into his knee over the course of the next two to three weeks.

“We’re just going to give him a day off,” Yost said. “And (we) might DH him a day or two depending on how he feels tomorrow in Cleveland.”

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