Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star talked to Eric Hosmer about his recovery:
Eric Hosmer said there is a chance he could get his hand X-ray'd again on Thursday. He may fly back to KC for it.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 18, 2014
Updates from Friday, August 15
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was disappointed because he'd hoped to start swinging a bat by Friday, but the doctors told him no-go.
Hosmer underwent a CT scan and an X-ray on Thursday at the University of Kansas Medical Center and he was told to cool it.
"Just kind of lay off for a week and get checked up again," Hosmer said. "But it's healing well and healing at a good pace, so they like what they're seeing. So we're just going to wait another week, take another picture and see where we're at."
Updates from Saturday, August 2
Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star has an update on Hosmer:
The preliminary reading of Eric Hosmer's CT-scan set off no alarm bells. It's a stress fracture. He is not expected to require surgery.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 2, 2014
Thursday keeps getting worse for the Kansas City Royals. First they failed to make any major moves on deadline day, and now they'll be without Eric Hosmer for as much as a month, per Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star:
Eric Hosmer has a stress fracture. Ned Yost says he may miss a month.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 1, 2014
Hosmer suffered a hand injury earlier in the season; this is a reaggravation of that previous issue.
After Thursday night's win over the Minnesota Twins, Hosmer is hitting .267/.312/.377 with six home runs and 46 runs batted in. He's fourth on the team in homers and third in RBI.
While the 24-year-old's numbers are, for the most part, down across the board, he's still an important piece of the Royals offense.
This is compounded by the fact that Kansas City did little to improve the team's playoff positioning before the non-waiver deadline. Put that together with Hosmer's injury, and the future isn't looking too good at Kauffman Stadium.
Perhaps this could lead Royals management to action, though. The waiver trade deadline expires Aug. 31, so the team still has time to pull something off to help compensate for Hosmer's absence.