Shortstop Alcides Escobar did not start because of soreness in his upper left arm, which prevents him from following through on his swing.
That may be a reason for Escobar's recent 0-for-18 slump, tumbling his average to .243. Escobar said the arm tightened up on him on his initial swing Tuesday in Toronto.
Chris Getz, who normally plays second base, replaced Escobar at shortstop Friday in the 2-1 loss at Cleveland. It was Getz's first experience at playing shortstop in the majors, although he had played the position for 52 games in the minors.
Manager Ned Yost said Escobar has been attempting to play through the sore arm and he wanted to see Getz at shortstop some in the final weeks of the season.
Escobar did enter the game in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement with Getz moving to second base, replacing rookie Johnny Giavotella.
When Escobar came to the plate in the ninth inning after a Mike Moustakas single, he put down a sacrifice bunt.
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