8/29/2014 7:50 P.M. ET
Hosmer to begin rehab assignment at Omaha
First baseman is looking to rejoin Royals after four to five games in Minors
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will begin his comeback in game situations on Saturday.
Hosmer hasn't played since July 31 because of a stress fracture in his right hand, but that's to end when he reports to Triple-A Omaha for a game against Colorado Springs.
Omaha has just three regular-season games remaining so, unless the Storm Chasers make the postseason, the Royals will send Hosmer to Idaho Falls for more games. Their Rookie classification team there has made the Pioneer League playoffs.
Manager Ned Yost figures Hosmer will need four or five games to get ready to rejoin the Royals.
"Twenty at-bats to get his eye back," Yost said before Friday's series opener against the Indians. "He's already taken BP today, he feels fine. He's ready to go."
Hosmer was batting .267 with six homers and 46 RBIs when he went on the disabled list. However, in July, he hit .366 in 22 games with 11 RBIs.
"I'm looking forward to getting back into action, getting some at-bats in, getting some timing and try and get back up here with these guys," Hosmer said.
Hosmer is hoping to help Omaha gain the Pacific Coast League playoffs by winning the division.
"That would make the rehab stint a lot easier, a lot easier on the travel too, so that would work out a lot better," Hosmer said. "The good thing is there are games out there so even if the Omaha thing doesn't work out, there are games in Idaho so there are a lot of opportunities for at-bats."
Hosmer was hit in his hand by a Jon Lester pitch on July 20 at Boston. He tried to come back three days later, but he still felt pain and subsequent attempts to return were unsuccessful as well. So, he went on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 1.
"Everything feels really good, that's why we're able to go and play in these games tomorrow," Hosmer said. "We've hit on it, came back the next day and hit and came back another and hit. There have been no problems so it's a smart choice for us to go on to the next step, live pitching in game situations."
Hosmer could only be a spectator as the Royals got hot and eventually took over first place in the American League Central.
"It was fun to watch, though. I'd rather watch that than watch them lose. It was fun," Hosmer said.
Royals, Indians set for clash on Retro Night
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and Indians will take a few steps back in time on Saturday night when they wear 1974-style uniforms for their 6:10 p.m. CT game at Kauffman Stadium.
It's Retro Night and the first 10,000 fans will receive a Mr. Royal bobblehead, representing the team's cartoon figure in the days before actual mascots.
Fans can bid on the game-used throwback jerseys from Retro Night at auction.mlb.com. Royals alumni from the 1974 team will be signing autographs from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday at the Royals Hall of Fame.
• Joe Greany of the Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks has been voted by his peers as the Carolina League's Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
• The Royals-Twins game on Thursday night was the highest-rated telecast this season for FOX Sports Kansas City, peaking at 146,000 homes.
• Until Thursday night's 11-5 loss, the Royals had won 19 straight games in which they had scored at least four runs. When they score four or more this year, they're 60-9 (prior to Friday's game).
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.