Royals take cautious approach with Moustakas

Royals take cautious approach with Moustakas

Royals take cautious approach with Moustakas
SEATTLE -- So what's the story on Mike Moustakas?

"The story's good, the knee feels good," the Royals' third baseman said before Sunday's game against the Mariners. "I've just got the day off today and we'll see how it is [Monday]."

Moustakas was pulled from Saturday's game with a right knee sprain after sprawling into foul territory for a hot grounder, twisting and throwing from his knees. That happened in the first inning and he left an inning later.

Results of an MRI after the game were encouraging.

"I couldn't tell you everything they were saying, but they told me it was good," Moustakas said. "I didn't really understand half the language they were saying, all the medical terms and stuff, but they said it came back good."

Manager Ned Yost, who demands simplified terminology from his medical staff, got down to the basics.

"All indications are it's a bit of a bone bruise," Yost said. "He's a tough kid so we'll see how he feels getting through today and [Monday]."

Meaning that Moustakas, after Monday's off-day, might or might not be in the lineup on Tuesday night when the Royals open a home series against the Indians.

Head athletic trainer Nick Kenney made certain that Moustakas underwent an MRI screening because of the Spring Training injuries to catchers Salvador Perez and Manny Pina, when merely reaching for pitches resulted in torn cartilage and surgery.

"Nick was real cautious to make sure it wasn't something like that," Moustakas said. "That's why they ended up doing it, getting the MRI, because of what happened with those two guys."

Yuniesky Betancourt started at third base on Sunday.