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Hunter Dozier, Royals' 2013 first-round pick, called up to majors, starts at first base

Royals call up Hunter Dozier to play first base

The Kansas City Royals recalled Hunter Dozier from Class AAA Omaha on May 14, 2018, after putting first baseman Lucas Duda on the 10-day disabled list.
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The Kansas City Royals recalled Hunter Dozier from Class AAA Omaha on May 14, 2018, after putting first baseman Lucas Duda on the 10-day disabled list.

Royals infielder Hunter Dozier is back at Kauffman Stadium for the first time since he made his major-league debut two season ago.

The Royals recalled their 2013 first-round pick on Monday when they placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 10-day disabled list because of right foot plantar fasciitis. Dozier was immediately thrust into the lineup at first base for the first game of a series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Duda, who hit .366 (15 for 41) in 12 games this month, has played through the injury since spring training. A cortisone shot in March helped alleviate the pain.

But manager Ned Yost said that as Duda stepped out of the batter’s box for the final time in Sunday’s game against the Indians in Cleveland, Duda felt a pop in his foot.

“He thought he stepped on the bat,” Yost said.

The recovery period could last more than 10 days.

For now, Cheslor Cuthbert, who’s struggled to find consistent at-bats in the lineup, will take the majority of the reps at first base in Duda’s absence. Dozier will primarily serve the Royals off the bench.

Kansas City Royals' first baseman Lucas Duda was put on the 10-day disabled list and Hunter Dozier was recalled from Omaha in time for Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

After trying him out at first base all spring, the Royals sent Dozier to log time in Omaha. He played in just 33 minor-league games last year, when he was limited by a series of injuries.

But Duda's injury forced the Royals' hand.

In 35 games with the Storm Chasers, Dozier hit .254 (30 for 118) with seven doubles, a homer, 11 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

The Kansas City Star's Maria Torres and Sam Mellinger talk on May 14, 2018 about Royals' first baseman Lucas Duda, who went on the disabled list with right foot plantar fasciitis, Hunter Dozier being recalled from Omaha and Danny Duffy's struggles.

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