At some point during the road trip, Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi felt tightness in his groin. He successfully played through it in Minnesota and attempted to do the same in Seattle.
But as the Royals returned home Thursday, the team decided no more.
Mondesi landed on the 10-day injured list ahead of a four-game series opener with the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
“It’s more precautionary. I don’t want to push him right now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s too valuable to what we’re doing. He’s got a very mild groin strain. ... I’d just as soon take the days now, let him rest for three or four days, and he’ll get right back after it again because by then hopefully he will be back to where he can ramp it up again.”
The move is retroactive to Wednesday. Mondesi exited Tuesday’s game because of the issue.
“It was when I was sitting down in the dugout,” Mondesi said after Tuesday’s game. “After I ran, I was feeling good. But after I ran and all that, I sat down in the dugout (and) I felt it was getting tight.”
In his place, the Royals summoned infielder Humberto Arteaga from Triple-A Omaha. Arteaga was in the starting lineup Thursday for his major-league debut. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the team designated pitcher Ben Lively for assignment.
Occupying the second or third spot in the batting order this year, Mondesi is hitting .269 with six home runs, a major-league leading eight triples and 44 RBIs. He also leads baseball with 27 stolen bases.
Arteaga, 25, is known more for his defense than his bat, but he was batting .292 with five home runs for Omaha. He has rotated across the infield — shortstop (21 games), second base (19) and third base (16).