The Royals offense is struggling right now, and they'll be without their best hitter for a few games. Mike Moustakas, who leads the team with seven home runs and a .548 slugging percentage, will miss tonight's game against the Washington Nationals with a thumb injury.
Mike Moustakas has a swollen thumb, Ned says. He could play tonight. They're being cautious.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 3, 2016
Moustakas hurt his left thumb on a tag play in Anaheim, Ned Yost said. He re-jammed it on Sunday at the plate.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 3, 2016
Ned says Moustakas has a bruised thumb he suffered in Anaheim. He then jammed it again in Seattle. He may be out tomorrow, too. #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) May 3, 2016
Mike Moustakas was hitting .258/.317/.548 in 23 games this year. Christian Colon, who started last night, again gets the start at third base. The Royals have a day game tomorrow against tough right-hander Stephen Strasburg, so Mike Moustakas may get another day off tomorrow with the team getting an off day on Thursday. Moustakas dealt with some hamstring issues earlier this season, so the rest may be good for him, although it hurts a lineup that has scored just 11 runs over the last seven games.
Will Moose's injury cause Ned to juggle the lineup?
Ned also says he's not going to juggle batting order. "You don't panic. You ride it out. It's no fun but they'll get through it." #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) May 3, 2016