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Manager Ned Yost said Starling is dealing with an oblique issue and will back off baseball activity for a little while, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals will take no chances with the 25-year-old, especially since a pair of oblique injuries limited him to just 80 games last season. A possible timetable for his return will hopefully emerge in the coming days. He's expected to open the season with Triple-A Omaha, but general manager Dayton Moore noted the team wouldn't hesitate to promote Starling if he excels early on.

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