Kansas City Royals first baseman, Eric Hosmer, has completed his rehab assignment in Omaha and has been reinstated from the disabled list.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 1, 2014
Hosmer has missed the last month due to a stress fracture in his right hand. The Royals put him on the DL and sent him to AAA Omaha where he completed a hitting program. Last week he had 11 plate appearances, going 3-for-10 with a walk off single on Saturday and a home run on Sunday.
This of course comes just hours after Billy Butler had an error on a two-out grounder in the 10th inning against the Indians. It set up the two run double that eventually cost the Royals the game and completed the sweep for Cleveland.
Eric Hosmer’s glove and bat are what the Royals will be leaning on in September. Before getting hit in the hand on July 20th, Hosmer was batting .366 with a .960 on base percentage for the month. The Royals offense has struggled all year long and need a spark in their lineup. While Hosmer is season average isn’t great, hopefully he can bring some much needed pop down the stretch.
The Royals also announced they’ve recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella, catcher Francisco Pena, outfielder Lane Adams, and RHP Casey Coleman. Pena could bring a good bat off the bench as he 27 homers in his first season with the Royals organization while Coleman had a 2.15 ERA for Omaha in 67 innings (stats via the Kansas City Star)
The Royals host the Texas Rangers tonight, tied with Detroit for the division lead. Cleveland travels to Detroit to begin a HUGE four game series that could really set the tone for this final month of play.
I’m praying the Royals hold on and make the playoffs for the first time in my life.