Norichika Aoki RF KC 5 Days
Aoki is out of the lineup Monday versus the Yankees, Josh Vernier of FOX Sports KC reports.
Aoki is sitting for the third time in five games, which may have been spurred by his current 0-for-14 stretch at the plate. In his stead, Lorenzo Cain will cover right field, while Jarrod Dyson mans center.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 7 Days
Aoki is not in the starting lineup Saturday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
With Aoki on the bench against right-hander Nick Tepesch, the Royals will use Jarrod Dyson in center field and slide Lorenzo Cain over to play right.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 10 Days
Aoki is not in the lineup Wednesday, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Josh Willingham will get the start in right field, with the DH not an option in Colorado. Aoki has reclaimed the everyday job in right, but has just one hit in his last 11 at-bats, which may have prompted the day off.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 14 Days
Aoki went 2-for-4 with his 14th stolen base in Saturday's loss to Minnesota.
After a disappointing first half of the season, Aoki has been hot in the second half as he's hitting .329 (27-for-82) with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored in his last 23 games.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 19 Days
Aoki is out of the lineup Monday against the Athletics.
Aoki, who last took a seat on July 31, has been crisp at the plate in the interim. In 31 at-bats, he's racked up a .323 average, one homer, one double, eight RBI, seven runs, four stolen bases, and six free passes versus two strikeouts. In his stead, Lorenzo Cain will handle right field, while Jarrod Dyson bats leadoff.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 20 Days
Aoki went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored, two walks and three stolen bases in Sunday's home win over San Francisco.
Aoki is the first Kansas City player to record three base swipes in a single game since Gregor Blanco in 2010. The 32-year old has been an instrumental part of the Royals' seven-game winning streak, collecting seven hits, seven RBI and six runs scored in that span.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 25 Days
Aoki went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, launching a grand slam for his first home run of the year.
Aoki turned on the first pitch he saw from Bo Schultz and lined it just over the wall in right field for his first career grand slam. The blast was his first in 338 at-bats, going back to last season. The 32-year-old outfielder has been a disappointment in his first year in the American League, batting .264/.334/.337 in 329 at-bats.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 1 Month
Norichika Aoki helped the Royals walk off with an RBI single in Thursday's 14-inning, 2-1 win over the Indians.
Aoki had been hitless in his four previous trips to the plate, but ended up becoming the hero. Lorenzo Cain singled and stole second base to lead off the 14th. After Danny Valencia struck out, Aoki singled to left field to plate Cain. Aoki has been hitting better as of late, but still has a mediocre .262/.331/.320 slash line with no home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 2 Months
Royals activated OF Norichika Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.
Aoki is hitting leadoff and is in right field on Friday against the Tigers. He batted just .263/.326/.324 over 68 games before going down with a groin injury and might not receive regular playing time once Alex Gordon (wrist) returns.
Norichika Aoki RF KC 2 Months
Norichika Aoki (groin) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday.
He should only need a few rehab games before being activated later this week. Aoki has been on the shelf since mid-June with a strained groin.