Outfielder Bubba Starling left his Low-A team in Lexington on Wednesday and traveled to Kansas City where he may have surgery.

Lasik surgery.

Starling told Legends manager Brian Buchanan and hitting coach Justin Gemoll that he was having a tough time seeing the ball in the evening, according to J.J. Picollo, the Royals’ assistant general manager in charge of player development.

“When a player makes mention of it, we’re going to get it checked again,” Picollo said. “Upon his examination, there was a discrepancy from his last eye examination, which was in 2012, to this year’s most recent one.

“He’s going to see our doctor here, and he is a potential candidate for Lasik surgery. If that’s the case, we’re just going to go ahead and get it taken care of right away.

“The turnaround time for Lasik is so quick that he can potentially be back in the lineup maybe as early as this weekend. However, we’re not counting on it, nor do we think it’s necessary.”

Starling, the Royals’ first pick in the 2011 draft out of Gardner Edgerton High School, is hitting .213 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 35 games. He also has 41 strikeouts and 10 walks.

However, Starling currently has a modest four-game hitting streak and is batting .250 over his last 10 games. Some of his splits are impressive: he is batting .323 against left-handers, .306 with runners on base and .294 with runners in scoring position.

Although Starling, the Royals’ No. 2 prospect in Baseball America’s preseason rankings, is just 20 years old, it is not unusual for players his age to have the surgery performed.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had the procedure done late in the 2009 season while he was at Lo-A Burlington.

Hosmer was also was 20 at the time, and the next season there was a notable improvement in his statistics. His average with Hi-A Wilmington jumped from .206 in 2009 to a league-best .354 in 2010.

“It’s very common from what we’ve been told by the eye experts,” Picollo said. “Between 18 and 21 years old, players have developed astigmatisms in their eyes, which to the common person is not that big a deal. They may need corrective glasses to wear for a little bit and the astigmatism may take care of itself.

“But for an athlete, especially in baseball who’s trying to hit, and you’re dealing with minor-league lights, and competition against pitchers, the experts typically recommend getting the Lasik surgery.

“It’s such a minor procedure now with very little chance of not working and not worrying about it anymore. You kind of put it behind you.”