Third baseman Mike Moustakas was out of the Royals’ lineup for the second straight day Tuesday while nursing a swollen left thumb.
Royals manager Ned Yost revealed that Moustakas injured the thumb last Tuesday during a 9-4 loss in Anaheim. He re-aggravated it Sunday during his first at-bat in the Royals’ 4-1 victory over Seattle.
“He jammed it real bad on a pitch in Seattle, so it’s just puffed up,” Yost said. “You’re better off giving it time now than just re-aggravating it.”
Moustakas also missed Monday’s series opener against Washington.
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Yost said Moustakas likely could have played on Tuesday, but he elected to let the swelling go down for another day.
Moustakas is batting .258 with a team-leading seven homers in 23 games this season.
“It’s just a day-to-day thing,” Yost said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. If the swelling was gonna go down, I was going to play him today. It’s still puffy.”
The initial injury, Yost said, came on a play during the seventh inning last Tuesday. The Angels’ C.J. Cron attempted to steal third base after going to second on a sacrifice. Moustakas jammed his thumb while applying the tag.
“Could he play today? Yeah, absolutely,” Yost said. “But one jam shot and he aggravates it again.”