There’s no perfect situation for the Royals’ go-to designated hitter and home run leader Kendrys Morales to sit out a game.
But for Royals manager Ned Yost, the situation on Thursday was as good as it could be to get the one-game suspension out of the way.
After initially appealing his one-game suspension for entering the field after his ejection last week, Morales dropped his appeal and sat out for the final game of the series against the White Sox.
“The league was anxious about getting this thing out of the way, and they wanted to set a date, and it’s like, let’s just do it,” Yost said. “Let’s just get it out of the way and get it done.”
A few circumstances added up for Morales to sit the game out.
Morales had played in back-to-back extra-innings games, including 14 innings on Wednesday. After Thursday’s game, the Royals head to Minneapolis for the start of six-game road trip and stretch of 10 games before a day off. That’s the reason Lorenzo Cain had the day off Thursday, and Salvador Perez took Morales’ spot in the designated hitter spot.
Yost also factored in batter-versus-pitcher; Morales is previously 1-for-13 against Miguel Gonzalez, who started the game on the mound for the White Sox on Thursday.
The goal was just to have Morales ready for the weekend series against Minnesota. And the one-game suspension lined up with a day Yost was okay giving a day off to a couple of veterans.