Hosmer sees hand specialist as KC plays man short

Hosmer sees hand specialist as KC plays man short

OAKLAND -- Royals manager Ned Yost said Eric Hosmer's broken hand is expected to keep him out at least three weeks as he recovers. On Thursday night, Hosmer hurt the third metacarpal of his right hand on a check swing, aggravating an injury he suffered on July 20 when he was hit by a pitch.

"They'll probably do a CAT scan on it now," Yost said Friday afternoon. "We had our hand specialist come in last night and he evaluated Eric, looked at the X-rays and they're pretty sure with what they saw. It's a non-displaced stress fracture. That means it doesn't need to be casted, doesn't need surgery; just needs time to heal."

The Royals were a man short for Friday's series opened against the A's, as Hosmer stayed on the active roster despite being out. Billy Butler, who is expected to get the lion's share of playing time at first base in the meantime, started in Hosmer's place while Raul Ibanez was the designated hitter.

With Jason Vargas (appendectomy) set to return from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, Yost said the team will probably place Hosmer on the DL in a corresponding move.

"He's a pretty quick healer," Yost said, "but it's probably going to be a 3-4 week ordeal."

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.