KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will have X-rays taken on his fractured right hand on Thursday.
Hosmer went on the disabled list on Aug. 2 after aggravating the original injury, which occurred on July 20 when he was hit by a pitch from then-Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Hosmer is expected to require three to six weeks of recovery time, starting the day the Royals placed him the DL.
Entering Tuesday, the Royals were atop the American League Central standings after winning eight in a row.
"It's obviously what you want, you want the guys to pick me up when I'm gone and get some wins, and they've been playing phenomenal," Hosmer said. "I'm working hard to join these guys and I can't wait until it comes."
Hosmer has posted a .267/.312/.377 triple slash line this season. But from June 30 to July 20, he hit in 16 straight games with a 1.089 on-base plus slugging during that stretch.
"I think Hoz is a competitor, he wants to get back, he knows he can contribute, but the guys have done a nice job filling in for him when he was hurt," manager Ned Yost said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.