Aoki batted leadoff for the Brewers last season, hitting .286 with eight home runs and 20 stolen bases. He has reached base at a .355 clip or better both of his years in the majors. The 31-year-old will most likely play either center or right field for the Royals, depending on what other moves they make this offseason.
Aoki hit .286 last year for the Brewers over 597 at-bats as he managed to stay healthy. He swatted eight homers, drove in 37 runs, hit 20 doubles and stole 20 bases.
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Aoki has doubled in four straight games and produced 13 hits in 25 hits during a six-game hitting streak while scoring eight times over that stretch. He has hit .289/.358/.370 with seven home runs, 36 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 581 at-bats.
"I'm trying to make sure he's strong, and when he goes out there he feels as close to 100 percent as he can be," manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com. "He may not be 100 percent the rest of the season, but to keep asking him to grind it out all the time, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me."
Aoki has hit .259/.322/.321 with one home run and one stolen base in 81 at-bats in August.
"He's fine," Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "He could play today. I think it's maybe trying to get him completely healthy. We probably won't be able to, but this will help again."
Aoki said his knee is feeling better.
"He's been fine playing the last couple days," Roenicke said. "With [center fielder Carlos Gomez] banged up and him a little bit, [too], I'd like to get him closer to 100 percent."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/29/2013 vs N.Y. Mets|
|vs N.Y. Mets||26||9||1||.370||.500||.346|
|vs Gee (Career)||3||1||0||.333||.333||.333|
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