Moustakas given room to grow in Kansas City

Moustakas given room to grow in Kansas City

CHICAGO -- Although hits are still hard to come by for Mike Moustakas, there's no consideration for returning him to Omaha for the rest of the Triple-A season.

"We're not going to be near that point this year," manager Ned Yost said.

Moustakas, who has under been under the .200 mark for the last two weeks, has been the regular third baseman since he was brought up on June 10.

Why not send him down for more seasoning?

"Because he's facing much better competition here. For the same reason they didn't send George Brett, Mike Schmidt, Robin Yount after 250 at-bats hitting .215," Yost said. "It's the same thing. This is nothing new. He's not breaking new ground here by struggling. A lot of people do. He's good enough that he'll figure it out."

Moustakas had a couple of two-hit games in this week's Tampa Bay series and he obviously has not let his hitting woes affect him at third base.

"He's playing spectacular defense," Yost said.

"You go through these things. That's why we brought him up, so he could go through them now," Yost said. "He's getting better, he'll figure it out."