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Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer will finish Royals' season early with injuries

Royals prospects Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer will both sit out on Wednesday as Kansas City wraps up the regular season.

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Expected to be two of baseball's brightest stars in 2012, Kansas City youngsters Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer will each be forced to watch the conclusion of the regular season from the dugout with injuries according to a report by MLB.com's Dick Kaegel and Vinnie Duber.

The 24-year-old Moustakas left Monday's game against Detroit after re-injuring his groin on a slide into second base, and was effectively ruled out for the remainder of the season by manager Ned Yost. The injury originally arose during a 14-inning game the previous day, and Moustakas' manager did not want to take any chances with the team's campaign essentially over.

"I tweaked it coming in on a play and didn't think too much of it," Moustakas said. "And then on the slide I kind of tweaked it up again, so the skip says no reason to get out there again."

Moustakas joins his talented teammate Hosmer as a spectator to finish the regular season, as Hosmer himself continues to nurse a slightly torn rotator cuff suffered in a game last week. Even though many pundits expected ridiculous numbers offensively from both guys, the two elite prospects combined for just 34 home runs and 133 RBI this year despite each playing in nearly 150 games.