Eric Hosmer 1B KC 8 Hrs

Eric Hosmer returned to action on Thursday July 24.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 19 Hrs

Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday.

Hosmer got hit in the right hand by a pitch on Sunday before returning to the lineup Wednesday, but he was forced to make an early exit due to "decreased grip strength." He might have to miss a few days to get back to 100 percent.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 2 Days

Eric Hosmer was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cubs with "decreased grip strength in his hand."

That was the announcement from the Kansas City medical staff. Hosmer got hit by a pitch on Sunday and sat out Monday and Tuesday with what was called a right hand contusion. He obviously needs a little more rest.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 2 Days

Eric Hosmer is back in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

Manager Ned Yost had indicated a desire to sit Hosmer until at least Thursday, but the first baseman has evidently talked his way back into the lineup a day early. Hosmer missed two games due to a bruised right hand, an ailment that was a result of a hit by pitch Sunday.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 2 Days

Eric Hosmer (hand) isn't expected to return to the Royals' lineup until at least Thursday.

Hosmer missed a second straight game Tuesday with a bruised right hand, and he's expected to sit out Wednesday, as well. The first baseman suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Sunday and the Royals don't want the ailment to linger. "That's why I'm hoping this doesn't linger," manager Ned Yost said. "Give him a couple days now. It might save him. Instead of battling through it, and it affecting him for three weeks, instead of a week. Get it to where it's manageable."

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 4 Days

Eric Hosmer was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a right hand contusion.

Hosmer was hit by a pitch on Sunday and remains sore. He doesn't have any broken bones, though, and should be considered day-to-day. Billy Butler is playing first base Monday, while Salvador Perez is in the DH spot.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 14 Days

Eric Hosmer had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a double and the team's lone run scored.

Hosmer came around to score on an RBI single by Salvador Perez in the first inning, but that wound up being the extent of the team's offense against Anibal Sanchez. He has once again been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season, slashing .268/.316/.382 with six homers and 41 RBI.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 15 Days

Eric Hosmer singled and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats as the Royals were crushed by the Tigers on Thursday.

If there was a positive to take away from a 16-4 loss for the Royals, it's that Hosmer appears to be coming to life. He is now on a 10-game hitting streak and has homered in back-to-back games. He went deep off of Drew Smyly in the seventh inning, helping chase the lefty from the contest. Hosmer's slash line is up to .263/.312/.375 with six home runs and 41 RBI.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 16 Days

Eric Hosmer hit a rare homer and walked three times Wednesday against the Rays.

Maybe Hosmer's ugly start is finally over: he's 13-for-31 so far this month and he's delivered extra-base hits in four straight games. He also has a 3/7 K/BB ratio so far in July after coming in at 23/6 and 24/6 in May and June, respectively.

Eric Hosmer 1B KC 24 Days

Eric Hosmer went 4-for-4 in the Royals' loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Hosmer only had 22 hits the entire month of June and he never had more than two in a game, so July is already shaping up to be better times for the first baseman. All four of the hits were singles, unfortunately, and the Royals were only able to push across one run against Ricky Nolasco and company. Hosmer is hitting just .254/.295/.351 on the year.