Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer won't need surgery for the right hand stress fractured he suffered in July, according to a tweet on Saturday from Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.
The initial timetable for his rehab was placed at six weeks. McCullough said the preliminary reading on his CT-Scan did not set off any "alarm bells."
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Although he's not sure when exactly the injury occurred, the 24-year-old thinks it may have been on July 20 when Jon Lester hit him with a fastball. On the season, he is hitting .268 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 103 games for the Royals. Billy Butler and Raul Ibanez are expected to fill in for him at first base while he recovers.
Hosmer is making $3.6 this season and becomes eligible for arbitration for the second of four years after the season.
- Marc Weinreich