The question was simple and basic to Royals general manager Dayton Moore prior to Thursday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium.

What are the Royals going to do to get out of a 4-12 slide?

Moore starts by saying what they won’t do.

“You know how people panic?” he asked. “We’re not going to panic. We’re not panicking. We are not panicking. I’m not going to make excuses for young players. I’m just not.

“I’ve seen a lot of them come up and do well. But we do have a lot of them in the lineup ... We’ll be all right.”

The Royals optioned struggling reliever Kelvin Herrera to Class AAA Omaha prior to Thursday’s game, but Moore suggested the same move is unlikely at this point for third baseman Mike Moustakas or any of the club’s underperforming position players.

“Pitchers are different from position players,” Moore said. “First of all, it’s very difficult for a position player to ever develop beyond their level of competition.

“If a position player goes down to Triple-A and has success, that doesn’t mean he’s going to come back up here and have success. For position players, a lot of it is getting to know pitchers.

“The best major-league hitters oftentimes struggle against pitchers they’ve never seen before. A lot of it is learning the league and seeing a certain quality of pitch. That’s going to develop them more than anything else.