After missing five games last week due to an injury to his left calf, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was back in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Detroit Tigers. However, the calf ailment ultimately forced him to exit that game, and Moustakas was also held out of yesterday's weekend finale, according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com.
During Saturday's loss to the Tigers, Moustakas beat out an infield hit, got caught in a run down and made a diving stop to knock down a ball hit by Miguel Cabrera. All of these actions pushed his calf, and he eventually experienced discomfort which resulted in his removal from the contest.
Manager Ned Yost told reporters that Moustakas' injury is roughly at 75 percent, and he didn't see any reason in pushing the young third baseman considering the team has Monday off.
"He's at 75 percent, and because the muscles are
weakened, it starts to get fatigued and a little bit sore as the game goes on.
It was starting to get a little bit sore and we got him out," Yost said.
"Because of that, with an off-day tomorrow, it doesn't make any sense to
try to push him through it right now."
The Royals are hopeful that Moustakas will show enough improvement to be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday following today's off-day. Over 393 plate appearances, the 24-year-old has hit .236/.293/.369 with 18 doubles and 10 home runs.
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