Ned Yost media session: July 26, 2014

The Royals’ lineup shuffle will continue tonight when the club takes on Cleveland in the third game of a four-game set.  Nori Aoki will re-assume his customary place atop the order, with Lorenzo Cain sliding down from first to seventh. Billy Butler returns to the starting lineup, playing first and batting sixth.

Manager Ned Yost said it’s tough to establish continuity in the absence of key contributors.

“It’s more difficult when you’ve got one of your major guys out of the lineup,” he said. “Like when Alex [Gordon] missed time, and now Hoz is missing time, it’s more difficult.”

Yost said that Eric Hosmer continues to recover from right hand weakness and could potentially return as early as tomorrow.

“He’s feeling better. We’ll see tomorrow,” said Yost. “Half of me says, ‘Yeah.’ The other half of me says, ‘Just take advantage of tomorrow and the off day and be ready to go Tuesday.’ We’ll look at it and see. He’s feeling better. He wanted to try to test it today and swing and I said no. I want to get it over with and behind us.”

Hosmer had a career-long 16-game hitting streak snapped when he was forced to leave the game early on July 23 at Chicago. He is batting .410 (25-for-61) with two home runs and 10 RBI during the month of July.

By Kolby Paxton

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