Dozier (groin) will serve as the Royals' designated hitter and bat sixth in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Padres, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. As anticipated, Dozier's groin injury was only a minor concern that kept him out of action for a couple days. He'll be eased back into the lineup without any defensive responsibilities, but expect him to take back his normal duties at third base early on during the upcoming week.
Dozier is battling through a minor groin injury but should play in Saturday's spring game against Milwaukee, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Dozier will be held out of Friday's exhibition against the Rockies, but he's expected to get back on the field in time for Saturday's spring matchup. Assuming he does return to action on schedule, his status for Opening Day won't be impacted.
Dozier is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Dozier had started each of the Royals' previous 10 games, finishing 8-for-40 (.200 average) with two home runs over that stretch. The 27-year-old hasn't been overly impressive across 388 plate appearances this season with a .229/.278/.395 batting line, which could make the Royals reluctant to proceed with Dozier in an everyday role heading into 2019.
Dozier went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and a steal in Thursday's 11-8 loss to the Tigers. Dozier connected on his 10th home run of the season with a two-run shot in the fourth inning, and he collected his second steal of the year after reaching on an error in the first frame. With four extra-base hits in his last six games, Dozier owns a .236/.285/.405 slash line with 32 RBI over 355 plate appearances in 2018.
Dozier will sit for the second straight day Sunday against the Twins. Dozier is hitting .300 with a .928 OPS over his last 15 games. Alcides Escobar will again start at third base in his absence.