KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was out of the starting lineup against the Rangers on Friday night because of banged-up right knee.
While sliding into second base in Thursday night's 11-inning, 7-6 victory over the Indians, he aggravated the knee he bruised on a fielding play last Saturday at Seattle. With left-hander Matt Harrison starting for the Rangers, manager Ned Yost figured it was a good time to give the left-handed-hitting Moustakas a break.
"He banged his sore knee trying to break up the double play last night. It's a bone bruise in his knee, where the bones kind of banged together in Seattle, and he banged it again," Yost said. "It was a little more sore than it has been. So with the lefty [Harrison] going today, it's a good opportunity to give him a break. If he didn't bang it, I probably wouldn't have given him a break, but it's a good opportunity to and I think he's going to be fine for [Saturday]."
Yuniesky Betancourt, who would have started at second base, instead took over third base. Chris Getz was at second.
Moustakas is expected to play on Saturday when right-hander Scott Feldman starts for the Rangers.
Back in the lineup after not starting for four games was slumping right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Did Frenchy get his batting woes straightened out in practice?
"We'll see," Yost said. "My crystal ball's not working right now."