The injuries keep piling up for the Kansas City Royals.
Harvey injured his knee last Saturday in Cleveland and has not played since. He said he hoped to miss only a few days, but after undergoing an MRI, he was diagnosed with a sprained medical collateral ligament.
“He’ll be placed into a leg immobility pad for the next two weeks so, obviously, he’s done for the season,” Royals trainer Nick Swartz said. “He’ll be rehabbed and be ready to go for spring training and the rest of next season.”
Harvey led the league with a .361 batting average as late as June 15, and finished with a .287 average and 13 homers in 120 games.
“He had a good year, played well and he’ll be OK next year,” center fielder David DeJesus said. “He can start out fresh.”
Harvey split time at first base and designated hitter with Mike Sweeney, who is also out for the season with a recurring disk problem in his back. Outfielder Juan Gonzalez, catchers Benito Santiago and Kelly Stinnett, second baseman Tony Graffanino, and pitchers Nate Field and Scott Sullivan are also gone for the year.
“It’s evolved into the masses, not just a select few,” general manager Allard Baird said.
The Royals beat the White Sox 8-6 on Friday for their fifth win in eight games. John Buck went 3-for-4 with two homers and is 15-for-34 with five blasts in his last eight games.
Joe Randa added three hits and an RBI for Kansas City.
Carlos Lee and Juan Uribe homered for the White Sox, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Chicago ended the night with 222 homers this season, topping the franchise record of 220 set last season.