KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals enter the most crucial series of the season without three key players.
Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Miguel Tejada are all out with injuries. All three have played important roles at times during the Royals hot streak since the All-Star break.
The trio being out of the lineup comes at a bad time for the Royals. The team has lost two in a row to the last place Miami Marlins and are heading into a series in Detroit with the first place Tigers.
Moustakas suffered a calf injury Monday right in the fourth inning as he scored from first on a Justin Maxwell triple.
"It's real frustrating. I want to be on the field with those guys," said Moustakas after the Royals 5-2 loss Wednesday to the Marlins at Kauffman Stadium. "We are right in the thick of things right now and these guys are going out and battling everyday. I just want to be out there with them."
Manager Ned Yost says he doesn't know when his starting third baseman will return to the lineup, but says he has his fingers crossed it's this weekend.
"We may have him available to pinch hit maybe Saturday or Sunday. We just have to wait and see," said Yost. "He's getting better everyday. It's hard to tell because some guys heal from these things quicker than others and Moose has made pretty good progress in the last two days."
Moustakas plans to travel with the team to Detroit and plans to help his team win in any way he can.
"We're all in this together and anything I can do to help, I'll be ready to do," said Moustakas. "As soon as they clear me to go out there and play, I'm going to give it everything I got to help this team win. That is what everybody else in this clubhouse does and that is what everybody expects."
Wednesday the Royals transferred Tejada to the 60-day disabled list. He strained his right calf Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. As for Cain, the Royals placed him on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after he strained his oblique.
The Royals enter the five game, four day series with Detroit in third place in the American League Central, seven and a half games back. Kansas City is five games back in the AL Wild Card Race.
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