Manager Ned Yost is sticking with Kila Ka'aihue, although the big Hawaiian is in a slump.
Ka'aihue went 0-for-4 Monday in the Royals' 7-3, 10-inning loss to the Indians, leaving him 2-for-16 on the current homestand. He is hitting .160 in 14 games with 16 strikeouts in 50 at-bats.
Ka'aihue, who is in his 10th professional season, made the Opening Day roster for the first time after hitting .397 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in spring training.
"He had a great spring and kept it going all spring," Yost said. "Some players are a bit streaky, and I haven't been around him long enough to know if he's one of those types of guys. You have to give him some time. He's still a young big-league player, and it takes guys time to make adjustments and get things figured out."
The Royals have a top first base prospect, Eric Hosmer, waiting at Class AAA Omaha, where he is hitting .396 through 12 games. The Royals do not want to rush Hosmer to the majors, so that will buy Ka'aihue some more time.
"It's early, guys go through slow starts and they work their way out of it," Yost said. "He's been out here early every day working in batting practice, and he had a good day (Sunday) -- got a big walk and hit the ball hard."
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