Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/3/12

Jeff Francoeur will be back in the Kansas City Royals' lineup Friday for the first time since in six days.

Francoeur, who is in a 5-for-49 (.102) slump, was used as a pinch runner Thursday night in Kansas City's 7-6, 11-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians. It was Francoeur's only game action since starting Saturday at Seattle.

Manager Ned Yost said Francoeur would be in the lineup for the Friday series opener against the Texas Rangers and left-hander Matt Harrison.

Yost did not say he is ready to platoon Francoeur with left-handed-hitting Jarrod Dyson, who has started the past four games and has hit safely in each of them.

Yost, however, did make it clear Francoeur needs to start producing better.

"The thing about this game, in order to be successful, you've got to be productive," Yost said. "If production is not there, then, yeah, it could become a platoon situation. I don't think we're there yet."

The Royals signed Francoeur to a two-year contract extension last August. He hit .285 with 47 doubles, 20 home runs and 87 RBI in 2011. This year, Francoeur is hitting .238 with 16 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI. He's struck out 75 times and walked only 16 times.

"He's a guy we counted on a lot for production this year," Yost said. "I think this little bit of a break is going to help him to get back to where he was. It's not from lack of trying, but the bottom line for all of us is we step on the field and we produce. Production and winning ballgames is all that matters up here."

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