With the designated hitter unavailable under National League rules, Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed (via Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com) this afternoon that Kendrys Morales will be on the bench with the World Series shifting to New York this weekend.
Morales took some fly balls in September, which led to some speculation that he could be used in the outfield if the Royals reached the World Series, but they aren’t going to experiment with a 2-0 series lead on the Mets. Alex Rios has enjoyed an excellent postseason and will remain in right field.
Morales amassed 22 home runs and 106 RBI during the regular season and is batting .250 with four home runs and an .802 OPS during the playoffs. His absence is a blow to the middle of the Royals’ lineup, but the veteran switch-hitter will give Yost a big power threat off the bench.