Dozier played in just 33 minor-league games in 2017 due to injury, and finished the campaign with a .243/.341/.441 slash line through 111 at-bats.
A strained oblique suffered in April, and a fractured wrist sustained in June cost Dozier significant playing time this year. The missed opportunities also contributed to the 26-year-old being left off the list of September callups. That said, the third baseman is expected to be right back in big-league camp come March, and assuming Mike Moustakas is lost in free agency, Dozier may even compete for an Opening Day roster spot in 2018.
Dozier recently fractured his nose, but continues to play through the injury at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
It's been a wild campaign for the Royals' former first-round pick. Dozier has played in just 15 minor-league games this season due in part to a strained oblique suffered in April, a fractured wrist sustained in June and -- on a brighter note -- the recent birth of his first child. Dozier, who made his MLB debut last year, will look to find his stride quickly while a September call-up remains a possibility.
Dozier (wrist) may be moved to the 60-day DL to clear space on the 40-man roster for Brian Flynn, who is scheduled to return from a back injury this week, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old outfielder entered the campaign with high hopes, but a pair of injuries derailed Dozier's season. He's expected to miss most of the remaining 2017 schedule anyway, so bumping him from the 40-man makes sense. Dozier is a decent prospect for dynasty league owners to monitor, but he's likely off the radar until next spring.
Dozier suffered a left hamate (wrist) fracture and is back on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
He missed the first six weeks of the minor-league season with an oblique strain, and now might miss most of the rest of the season with a broken wrist. Dozier is not an elite prospect, and is mostly relevant because of his proximity to the big leagues. He can be cut loose in deep single-season formats.
Dozier (oblique) was reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Dozier is ready to return from his rehab assignment after appearing in five games with High-A Wilmington and Triple-A Omaha; he went 5-for-16 (.313) with eight strikeouts. Without a clear path to everyday at-bats with the Royals, Dozier will stick with Omaha for the time being, though he should remain a top option in the minors should an opportunity arise with the big club.
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