Escobar, Hosmer out of lineup against Tribe

Escobar, Hosmer out of lineup against Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Shortstop Alcides Escobar and first baseman Eric Hosmer were out of the Royals' starting lineup on Friday night, but both believe their injuries are not serious.

Both came out of Thursday's game at Detroit with right shoulder injuries while attempting fielding plays in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers. Each underwent an MRI on Friday in Cleveland; Escobar said that his showed no damage, while Hosmer was still awaiting results.

"It feels a lot better," Hosmer said, with his strained shoulder encased by an ice pack.

Escobar said that his bruised shoulder was OK and that he expected to play against the Indians on Saturday. But manager Ned Yost wasn't so sure.

"We'll see, we'll go day-to-day with it," Yost said.

"It's kind of the same deal as last week, We'll try to get 'em feeling better before we play Detroit for round two."

Last weekend at Kansas City, catcher Salvador Perez sat out all three games against the Indians because of sore hands, but returned to play at Detroit where the Royals lost all four games as the Tigers surged into first place in the American League Central.

Left fielder Alex Gordon also was out of the starting lineup a week ago against the Indians because of a sore hand but entered the game late, played the rest of that series and hasn't been out of the lineup since.

The Tigers will finish their regular season with three games at Kansas City next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the AL Central title and a postseason berth likely still in doubt.

On Friday night, Escobar was replaced at shortstop by Tony Abreu over Irving Falu. Yost felt Abreu provided more right-handed power against left-hander David Huff. Billy Butler moved from designated hitter to first base to replace Hosmer and Adam Moore, who homered off Huff last Sunday, was the DH.