Third baseman Mike Moustakas was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday, missing his third start in four days with a bruised left thumb.
Moustakas missed Monday’s loss to the Washington Nationals and was out of the lineup again on Tuesday before returning to record a key pinch hit during a ninth-inning comeback. He returned to the lineup Wednesday and benefited from a day off on Thursday. But the thumb, Royals manager Ned Yost said, has been slow to heal.
“It’s just still sore,” Yost said. “It’s not really making much progress.”
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Moustakas appeared in the Royals’ clubhouse on Friday afternoon with a sizable wrap on his left hand. Moustakas suffered the injury last week on a tag play in Anaheim. He re-aggravated it last Sunday during an at-bat in Seattle. For now, Yost is still classifying the injury as day to day.