Royals left fielder Alex Gordon may finally see a reduction in playing time — three weeks after a two-day reset did little to spark his quiet bat.
Rookie outfielder Jorge Bonifacio started in left field Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays as Gordon sat for a second straight day. The move represented the first time Gordon has been out of the lineup in consecutive days since manager Ned Yost offered him two days off in early August to work with hitting coach Dale Sveum.
“(Bonifacio) is swinging the bat good right now,” Yost said in a pregame session with reporters. “We got to score runs. In case you haven’t noticed, we went four straight games without scoring a run.”
The Royals stopped their 45-inning scoreless drought on Tuesday night in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Bonifacio finished 2 for 4 with a solo homer, improving his season average to .257 with 16 homers. Gordon is hitting just .216 with a .235 slugging percentage since his two-day benching, remaining one of the two worst hitters in baseball this season.
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Yost emphasized that Wednesday’s lineup represented a day-to-day philosophy and not a permanent change. Bonifacio could also see time at designated hitter. But on Wednesday, that position was occupied by third baseman Mike Moustakas, who is battling a sore knee.
“We got to score runs,” Yost said. “Just going day to day right now. I’ve got no set plan. (Bonifacio) had a good night last night, hit a homer, hit the ball good a couple of times. Just go with Boni again.”