O'Hearn was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. O'Hearn was 4-for-26 with 11 strikeouts since the start of June, dropping his season slash line down to .188/.286/.333. Lucas Duda and Cheslor Cuthbert should see time at first base for the Royals, at least until Hunter Dozier (side) returns from the injured list.
O'Hearn is not in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. O'Hearn will take a seat for Thursday's series finale with left-hander Matthew Boyd starting for the Tigers. In his place, Cheslor Cuthbert is starting at first base and hitting third.
O'Hearn went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Tigers. His seventh-inning shot got the Royals on the board, setting up a two-run eighth to complete the comeback. The team was hoping O'Hearn could provide it with some power this season, but his .192/.292/.341 slash line and six homers in 55 games has been a disappointment.
O'Hearn is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox. O'Hearn had started each of the previous three games, going 0-for-11 during that stretch to sink his season batting average to .185. Though the Royals have regularly deployed him against right-handed pitching, O'Hearn will sit in favor of Cheslor Cuthbert with Reynaldo Lopez on the bump for Chicago.
O'Hearn is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox. O'Hearn will stick on the bench for a second straight game with the Red Sox trotting out another lefty starter in Chris Sale. Cheslor Cuthbert will once again start at first base in place of O'Hearn, with Kelvin Gutierrez getting the nod at third base.