KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals fans no doubt are delighting in the team's 10-7, first-place start to the season.
But if there is cause for concern anywhere it is the painfully slow starts from first baseman Eric Hosmer (.261, no homers, four RBIs) and Mike Moustakas (.158, no homers, one RBI).
There has even been suggestions on Kansas City sports-talk shows of the Royals shipping Hosmer and Moustakas back to Triple-A Omaha.
But Royals general manager Dayton Moore said that simply isn't going to happen.
"When we send a player down it is generally based on three factors," Moore told me by phone from Detroit on Wednesday. "First, has the player lost confidence in himself and is that affecting his attitude? Two, have the other players lost confidence in him? And three, has the coaching staff lost confidence in him?
"If any one of those three is the case, then we start to ask ourselves the question of whether he should be sent down to refocus or re-set, so to speak. In the case of Moose ...