Kansas City Royals Outfielder Out Six Weeks After Injury

He was the frontrunner to land the starting center field job.

Now, unfortunately, Kansas City Royals outfielder Drew Waters will be sidelined for six weeks due to a left oblique strain.

The injury will prevent Waters from competing for the starting center field position, which has opened up opportunities for other players in the Royals' roster.

Manager Matt Quatraro stated that Kyle Isbel will have a chance to secure the starting center field role, with more at-bats in spring training going to Nate Eaton, Edward Olivares, and Samad Taylor.

The Royals traded Michael A. Taylor to the Twins last month, further creating a void in the team's outfield lineup.

Isbel is likely now the front-runner for the assignment, with the other outfielders competing for corner outfield chances.

The once-promising prospect made his major league debut last season, recording a .240/.324/.479 triple-slash line, with five home runs, 18 RBIs and 14 runs scored over 32 games.

Waters is a former second-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2017 MLB Draft. Photo Credit:  David Richard-USA TODAY Sports