Royals send Mike Moustakas to Omaha - KCTV5

Royals send Mike Moustakas to Omaha

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The Royals sent third baseman Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday in their latest attempt to break one of their franchise cornerstones out of his prolonged slump.

The team issued a two-paragraph news release mid-morning as the team was traveling from Kansas City to California.

The Royals open a three-game series against the Anaheim Angels on Friday.

Utility man Jimmy Paredes was recalled from Omaha in a corresponding move. He is expected to play in Friday night's game.

Moustakas had slowly lost playing time to Danny Valencia. The former No. 2 overall pick heads to Omaha toting a .152 average with four homers and 17 RBIs in 40 games.

Moustakas has been the everyday third baseman the past two seasons, but he's struggled to live up to expectations. He hit .233 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs a year ago.

Parades, 25, has played in four games with the Royals this season, going 0-1 with two runs scored and two stolen bases as a pinch runner. He is hitting .327 with four doubles, two triples, three homers and 17 RBI in 26 games with the Storm Chasers.

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