Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 Months

Cain is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.

After striking out three times in four at-bats Saturday, Cain will receive a mental day off in the series finale. Unless he enters the game late as a pinch-hitter, he'll finish the series without a hit in his seven at-bats. Jarrod Dyson will man center field in Cain's stead.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 Months

Cain isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Cain has cobbled together a three-game hitting streak, discounting Sunday's suspended contest against the Indians, during which he hit (5-for-12) with one RBI, one run, three stolen bases, and two walks versus no strikeouts. He'll hand over center field to Jarrod Dyson, who is batting leadoff.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 Months

Cain is out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Twins, Josh Vernier of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

Since his last absence on Aug. 17, Cain's posted a .308 average (8-for-26), two RBI, three runs, and two steals. In his stead, Nori Aoki is handling right field and batting leadoff.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 Months

Cain is expected to start Tuesday and Wednesday against the Rockies, who will be starting a couple lefties, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

He is out of the starting lineup Monday for the fourth time in five games, but manager Ned Yost says there's nothing physically wrong with Cain, he just likes the way Jarrod Dyson is swinging the bat. Cain has an .813 OPS against southpaws this season, versus a .713 OPS against righties, but his numbers against righties are still as good or better than Dyson's, so it's got to be a little frustrating for Cain's owners that he now seems to be on the soft side of a platoon in center field.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 7 Months

Cain is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Cain will sit for the third time in four days Sunday after an 0-for-4, four-strikeout performance Saturday. Despite the golden sombrero Saturday, he is still hitting .298/.336/.407 on the season, so his frequent absence from the lineup is a bit puzzling, but given Jarrod Dyson's performance in his place (hitting .291/.336/.355), it wouldn't be surprising to see the time split continue.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 8 Months

Cain is out of the lineup again Friday, Andy McCollugh of the Kansas City Star reports.

Cain missed Thursday's contest as well and is out Friday again. There isn't any indication of an injury on Cain's part, and the benching isn't likely due to performance, so it's unclear why he is sitting again. Unless there is an underlying injury the team hasn't revealed, Cain will likely rejoin the lineup in the near future.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 8 Months

Cain is out of the lineup Thursday against the As, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Cain has started back-to-back games, but will give way to Jarrod Dyson for the third time in the last five contests. This likely isn't performance-based, however, as Cain has hit .303 in August, and is slashing .297/.336/.408 on the year.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 8 Months

Cain is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

Cain will take a seat Sunday after seven straight starts, collecting nine hits in that span. Jarrod Dyson will provide him with a breather Sunday and bat ninth for the Royals.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 9 Months

Lorenzo Cain finished 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

Cain also walked on the evening, reaching base in all five plate appearances. The triple was his third of the year. Cain has especially enjoyed hitting in the leadoff spot, as he's 23-for-63 (.365) with eight runs scored while hitting atop the Royals lineup. When he's hitting like this, it's a good bet that Royals manager Ned Yost will continue penciling him in there for the near future.

Lorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 9 Months

Lorenzo Cain had two hits and two stolen bases in Monday's game versus the Royals.

Cain is quietly hitting .311 this season, which thus far has more than made up for a disappointing walk rate (52/11 K/BB in 238 at-bats). He'd be a much nicer option in mixed leagues if he could secure the leadoff spot on a full-time basis, but he probably isn't going to get on base consistently enough to remain an effective player there.