Yost cautious, gives Mondesi extra day of rest
Infielder dealing with sore right shoulder
MINNEAPOLIS -- Raul Mondesi was out of the Royals' starting lineup for the 6-5 loss to Minnesota on Sunday at Target Field. Mondesi was scratched for a second straight day after aggravating his right shoulder while diving for a ball during Friday night's loss to the Twins.
But Kansas City manager Ned Yost said the injury won't keep Mondesi sidelined for a prolonged period of time, and that he expects the 23-year-old infielder to be back in the lineup on Monday.
"He dove for a ball and pinched his shoulder a little bit," Yost said. "It was a little sore yesterday. He could have played. I didn't even ask him today -- figured I'd give him another day and [he should be] ready to go tomorrow."
Mondesi did enter as a baserunner on Sunday. After Salvador Perez reached on a two-out single in the ninth, Mondesi pinch-ran for him and stole two bases.
Mondesi is hitting .269 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 30 games since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha on June 17. Near the end of March, Mondesi was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement syndrome.
"Just being extra cautious," Yost said. "He's playing so well. … It's more caution on my part than anything else."
Mondesi was the Royals' No. 1 prospect in 2014 and 2015 according to MLB Pipeline and has played at least 25 games at the Major League level each year since 2016.