Sore Hosmer returns to Royals' lineup

Sore Hosmer returns to Royals' lineup

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- First baseman Eric Hosmer was back in the Royals' lineup on Monday night against the Dodgers after taking several at-bats to test his tender right quad.

Hosmer played against Royals Minor League pitchers on Sunday in a controlled scrimmage at the training complex.

"I got around 10 at-bats. We got to face Jason Adam, a prospect, and he's nasty. I got some good looks off him. He's really, really good," Hosmer said. "And then I faced Nate Adcock for about four at-bats and his ball was moving well, so it was a productive day to get those at-bats in."

Adam is a product of the Kansas City area who was drafted in 2010's fifth round and was with Class A Wilmington last year. Adcock, now with Triple-A Omaha, was Hosmer's Royals teammate the last two years.

Hosmer strained his quad slightly during the World Baseball Classic but continued to play. On Sunday, he batted but did not play in the field.

"Basically what we wanted to do was be sure we got a full day of treatment in, so it was good to get those at-bats in nice and quick and then get a full treatment on it," he said. "I'm feeling good. I can start playing every day and start getting ready for Opening Day."

"He's getting better," manager Ned Yost said. "It's still there, but he can play through it. And I want him experiencing a night game."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.