Bonifacio is out of the lineup Monday against the Tigers.
As August ended, it appeared Bonifacio may have been trending toward reclaiming a regular starting role amid Alex Gordon's offensive struggles, but any momentum on that front has since been stalled. Bonifacio will be on the bench for a third consecutive contest while Gordon, who still offers defensive value in the corner outfield, sticks in the starting lineup Monday.
Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Rays.
Playing time has been hard to come by for the rookie since the Royals picked up Melky Cabrera, but Bonifacio took advantage of his first start in four games. He's managed a .250/.294/.396 slash line in 48 at-bats through August with two homers and three RBI, but with the outfield set to get even more crowded in September, he'll have a tough time maintaining any kind of value outside of DFS and daily transaction formats down the stretch.
Bonifacio went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's 14-6 win over the White Sox.
Bonifacio took starter Derek Holland deep on a third-inning solo shot, then drove in another run with a single in the sixth before coming around to score later in the frame. The rookie right fielder's career high for home runs at any level was 19 in 134 games for Triple-A Omaha last year, but he's taken his power numbers to a new level with 15 long balls in just 88 games with the big club.
Bonifacio is starting in right field and batting sixth Sunday against the White Sox.
The recent acquisition of Melky Cabrera has significantly cut into Bonifacio's playing time. Sunday will mark the rookie's first start in four games, and just his third in the last eight contests. Bonifacio has struggled since moving to a reserve role, so plugging him into fantasy lineups Sunday is a questionable decision.
Bonifacio, who started nearly every game since he was called up on April 21, is adjusting to his reduce role caused by the acquisition of Melky Cabrera, Wilson Alexander of MLB.com reports.
Bonifacio admitted it's been difficult transitioning out of a starting role, but the youngster also said he isn't hanging his head. "It's kinda tough," Bonifacio said. "I try to be ready for whatever opportunity I get. I don't put it in my mind if I'm not playing today. I don't cool down. I prepare every day like I'm playing." The 24-year-old hit 14 home runs entering Friday, fourth-most among AL rookies. He'd reached base in 32 of his previous 35 games, including a 22-game on-base streak, which was the second longest such run by a rookie in Royals history. Despite the outfielder's success, he's now the odd man out, and his fantasy value should reflect such.
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