KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals infielder Whit Merrifield's streak of playing in a franchise-record 553 straight games ended when he missed the opener of a doubleheader against Detroit because of a toe injury.
Merrifield's string dated to June 24, 2018, and was the longest active streak in the majors.
Merrifield exited Sunday's game with right toe discomfort.
He was fitted with a walking boot and is expected to be placed on the injured list due to a bone bruise and ligament swelling.