Cuthbert is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Cuthbert may be on the outs for an everyday role at a corner-infield spot, as he'll head to the bench for the third time in five games. The Royals have been deploying Hunter Dozier at the hot corner more frequently of late with Bubba Starling and Brett Phillips seeing steady work in the outfield, while Ryan O'Hearn has emerged as manager Ned Yost's preferred option at first base. Cuthbert hasn't helped his case for earning playing time by slashing just .149/.197/.269 in August.
Cuthbert is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets. Cuthbert started the last 27 contests but will head to the bench Friday as he is 0-for-20 with one walk in his last five games. Ryan O'Hearn and Hunter Dozier will start at first and third base, respectively.
Cuthbert went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Royals' 10-8 loss to the Tigers on Thursday. The 26-year-old checked in with his eighth long ball of the season with a third-inning, two-run shot off Matthew Boyd. Cuthbert has now hit safely in 11 of out of his last 12 games, boosting his slash line to a solid .293/.332/.449 across 238 plate appearances over that stretch.
Cuthbert went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Cuthbert's sixth-inning base hit scored a pair of runs and tied the game at 3-3, but the Blue Jays responded with a late rally to take the series opener. With only six home runs and 15 extra-base hits in 200 plate appearances this season, Cuthbert doesn't offer the sort of power production teams value from corner infielders, but he nonetheless seems to have secured an everyday role on the back of his strong contact skills. A .360 BABIP suggests Cuthbert's .295 average may be headed for a significant correction, however.
Cuthbert went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Indians. Cuthbert kicked off the scoring in this one with an RBI double to left field in the first inning, and he cut the deficit to two in the eighth with a single to center. Through 42 games this season, he's slashing .298/.331/.460 with six home runs and 25 RBI.
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