Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer sat out Thursday's 5-3 loss to Baltimore and likely will sit out Friday's series opener against Arizona at Kauffman Stadium as well.

Manager Ned Yost decided to sit the struggling Hosmer, who was replaced at first by Billy Butler, effectively snapping a streak of 77 consecutive games Hosmer has started, the eighth-longest current streak in baseball.

Hosmer is hitting .174 in 144 at-bats this season, and was recently moved down in the lineup to sixth. Yost said Hosmer will likely sit today against left-hander Joe Saunders as well but was quick to note that Hosmer has been largely unlucky this year.