That isn't a mistake in the box score from the Royals' 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday at Surprise Stadium. First baseman Eric Hosmer really did play the final three innings in right field.
"I've played in the summer out there in high school," Hosmer said, "but, obviously, it's different now. There were guys out there helping me out. I was just looking around to see what they're doing — and moving one step along.
"It was fun."
The move is designed to provide the Royals with a way to keep Hosmer and Billy Butler in the lineup for interleague road games when rules prohibit use of the designated hitter.
"I'm going to try to get (Hosmer) in right field, or the outfield, three times this spring," manager Ned Yost said. "I just want him to have some experience out there…I don't want to throw him out there cold turkey (in the regular season)."
Hosmer entered the game in the top of the seventh, and the Royals kept speedy Jarrod Dyson in center field to help on balls in the gap. That proved unnecessary. The only ball that went Hosmer's way was a one-out high foul by Jerry Sands in the ninth inning.
Royals plan to experiment with Hosmer in right
Kansas City Star | Mar 24