Hosmer says hand is almost fully healed

Hosmer says hand is almost fully healed

KANSAS CITY -- Eric Hosmer returned to the Royals' lineup Tuesday and drove in the team's only run in a 2-1 loss to the Twins.

Hosmer's last at bat came on July 23, as a bruised right hand kept him out of the lineup for four games.

"It felt really good to get back in the lineup and get into some action," Hosmer said. "[The hand] felt good, nothing was sore, no pain or anything like that."

In the ninth inning, with Kansas City trailing 2-0, Hosmer flared a single into left field off Minnesota closer Glen Perkins that scored Omar Infante. He finished the game 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts from the three-hole.

"When you don't play a couple of games, it seems like a while since you got [a hit]," Hosmer said. "It was definitely a good at bat. When you face tough lefties like that and guys that throw as hard as Perkins does, you put a good swing on a guy like that, that can get you really locked in."

The injury originally occurred in a July 20 loss to the Red Sox. Hosmer said he's close to 100 percent healed.

"It's closer and closer every day, I think it's just a matter of getting back into the every day action, the full swing of things and I think that will come when you play two, three games," Hosmer said.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.