Royals' Hosmer leaves game with hand injury Eric Hosmer's decreased grip strength in his right hand caused him to exit Wednesday's game early. Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports AP Jul 23, 2014 at 5:57p ET CHICAGO -- Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was removed from Wednesday's game with the Chicago White Sox because of decreased grip strength in his right hand. The Royals made the announcement after Hosmer was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Hosmer had missed the previous two games after being hit in the hand with a pitch on Sunday. Billy Butler, who played first base during Hosmer's absence, took over for Hosmer. Hosmer was 0 for 2, ending a 16-game hitting streak. It was the longest active streak in the majors.