GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Shortstop Alcides Escobar was out of the Royals' lineup with back stiffness for the third straight game on Thursday and will probably miss Friday's split-squad day-night doubleheader as well.
"We'll see about Saturday," manager Ned Yost said. "It's a little bit stiff. It's getting better and better every day, but there's no need to rush this."
Utility man Elliot Johnson again started at shortstop.
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