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Kansas City Royals activate Hunter Dozier (concussion) off IL

May 14, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) and Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier (17) lay on the field after colliding along the first base line during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals activated third baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday night’s game against the host Minnesota Twins.

Dozier hasn’t played since sustaining a concussion in a collision with Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox on May 14 during the first game of a doubleheader. The 29-year-old also has been dealing with a quadriceps injury in addition to neck discomfort.

Dozier and Abreu were involved in a fierce collision after Dozier popped up a pitch and headed toward first base. Abreu came charging in pursuit of the ball and he and Dozier violently slammed into each other.

Dozier is batting just .139 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 33 games.

It is the second straight season in which Dozier has struggled following a breakout 2019 season in which he batted .279 with 26 homers, 29 doubles and 84 RBIs in 139 games. He also tied for the major league lead with 10 triples.

Kansas City also placed right-hander Josh Staumont (knee) on the 10-day injured list, optioned infielder Ryan O’Hearn to Triple-A Omaha and recalled right-hander Carlos Hernandez from Omaha.

The 27-year-old Staumont was 0-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 21 relief appearances this season, while the 27-year-old O’Hearn was batting .189 with three homers and six RBIs in 20 games.

Hernandez, 24, had a 10.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Kansas City earlier this season. He was 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in four starts at Omaha.

–Field Level Media