Hamilton remains on the bench for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports. It's surprising to see Hamilton sit for both halves of the doubleheader, especially as he's hit .323 over his last nine games, so it's possible he's been dealing with an unreported injury. Whit Merrifield again starts in center field, with Jorge Soler starting in right.
Hamilton is on the bench for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Whit Merrifield will shift over to center field with Hamilton on the bench while Jorge Soler claims Merrifield's typical spot in right field. Given how well he's fared at the plate lately, Hamilton will most likely return to the lineup for the nightcap. Over his last nine games, Hamilton has gone 10-for-31 (.323 average), but has only collected one stolen base in that span.
Hamilton isn't starting Friday's game against the Angels. Hamilton will head to the bench for the second straight day, as Whit Merrifield draws another start in center field. Hamilton has reached base safely in six of his past seven games, registering two extra-base hits and a stolen base over that stretch.
Hamilton is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers. Hamilton will sit for only the second time in the Royals' 14 games so far in May as manager Ned Yost gives Whit Merrifield a spin in center field. As has been the case throughout his career, Hamilton has provided plenty of value through his defense and baserunning (9-for-13 on steal attempts), but he's remained one of the league's least-productive hitters (.224/.305/.284 slash line in 133 plate appearances).
Hamilton (hamstring) is starting in center field and batting ninth Tuesday against the Rays. As expected, Hamilton has returned to the starting lineup after missing two days due to hamstring tightness. He's 2-for-16 with two extra-base hits and two RBI over his past five games, so he'll aim to get back on track now that he's healthy.
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