An ankle injury landed Brandon Moss on the DL for a 25-game stretch during July, but when healthy, his power proved to be valuable to the Cardinals. Over the course of the season, Moss spent time in both right and left field along with first base. However, he had another predictable season at the plate despite the aforementioned pop. When the year came to a close, Moss owned a .225/.300/.484 line, had hit 28 home runs, and had plated 67 runs. This marked the third consecutive season that his batting average was well below .250, and it's becoming increasingly likely that he'll remain a drain in that category going forward. Although his strikeout rate continues to rise, Moss has averaged 69 RBI and 24 home runs over the last three seasons. Moss landed with the Royals over the offseason and seems primed to be their primary DH following the departure of Kendrys Morales.
Moss went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI during Sunday's 8-7 win over the Angels. The perfect day at the plate boosted the veteran's spring average to .283, while the home run was his second of Cactus League play. The batting average is more likely to become a sinkhole once the regular season rolls around thanks to his high strikeout rates, but Moss should still be considered one of the more stable sources of power in the Royals' lineup. Moss has smacked 25 or more homers in three of his last four seasons.
Moss will DH in Wednesday's game against Team Venezuela, his first action since being scratched with a stiff lower back, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. A few days of rest seems to have done the trick here, as Moss will look to get back on track this spring after the minor setback. The slugger has two hits in 12 at-bats so far.
Moss was held out of Saturday's game due to stiffness in his lower back, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The issue doesn't seem to be too serious, and the Royals are likely just being careful with their offseason signing. Moss should be considered day-to-day until the team says otherwise. Right now, the 33-year-old is in line to see most of his time as the team's primary designated hitter.
Moss is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Reds. Moss is an ugly 6-for-80 (.075) this month and has just one hit since Sept. 18, so manager Mike Matheny decided to hold him out of the lineup for Thursday's key contest. Jose Martinez will get the start in left field in Moss' place.
Moss homered, scored twice and tallied two RBI in a 2-for-3 game Tuesday against the Cubs. Moss was a brutal 4-for-52 with 17 strikeouts over 19 games since his last home runs, both of which came August 25 against the Mets. With 26 home runs in 112 games, Moss has his highest total since he hit 30 in 145 games for the Athletics in 2013. With Matt Holliday still on the disabled list, look for Moss to be in the Cardinals lineup most days down the stretch, giving him a real shot at 30 home runs for just the second time in his career.