Dozier started in the outfield in nine of his 10 Cactus League games before the suspension of spring training. It was reported in December the 28-year-old would work as Kansas City's primary right fielder in 2020 after the team acquired Maikel Franco, and the team was following through on that plan in spring training. Dozier made 20 appearances in right field last season, but he primarily played third base (100 games). Dozier had a .279/.348/.522 slash line with 26 home runs in 2019, and regardless of where he plays in the field, he figures to be near the top of the order for the Royals once the season eventually gets underway.
Dozier will likely serve as the Royals' primary right fielder in 2020, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The Royals acquired Maikel Franco on Thursday, and he is likely to take over the primary third baseman role previously held by Dozier. Whit Merrifield will shift to center field to make room for Dozier in the outfield.
Dozier went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and double Thursday against the White Sox. Dozier took Lucas Giolito deep in the sixth inning for his 26th homer of the season. He's now recorded at least one hit in eight of 10 games since Sept. 1, also scoring seven runs in that span. For the campaign, he's maintained a .291/.363/.554 line across 523 plate appearances.
Dozier will be on the bench Wednesday against the White Sox. Dozier had impressively started every single game since returning from a side injury in June. He'll hit the bench in favor of Cheslor Cuthbert on Wednesday.
Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's win over the Marlins. Dozier has now had multi-hit games on three straight days, going 8-for-11 over that stretch. He owns a .289/.362/.553 line on the season with 25 homers, a far cry from the .229/.278/.395 line with 11 homers he managed last season.