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Team Report - KANSAS CITY ROYALS

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Wanting to find room for former first-round pick Christian Colon, the Royals traded backup third baseman Danny Valencia to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks.

The trade paved the way for Colon to be promoted from Triple-A Omaha to back up second baseman Omar Infante, shortstop Alcides Escobar and third baseman Mike Moustakas.

"We just need to add some depth there to be able to spell Infante and Escobar from time to time," Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star. "We felt it was a move that strengthened the depth of our roster."

Colon, 25, went 4-for-12 for Kansas City earlier this season. He is hitting .307 with a .361 on-base percentage, a .430 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 47 RBIs through 85 games with Omaha.

Kratz will join the Royals in place of backup catcher Brett Hayes, whom the team designated for assignment. Kratz, 34, batted .198 with three homers in 34 games for Toronto this year. He will back up Salvador Perez.

"We added some depth in the backup catching role with Kratz," Moore said to the Kansas City Star. "He's a quality receiver, and can throw, and has got some power."

Hendriks, 25, is ticketed for Omaha. He went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for the Blue Jays this year, 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for Triple-A Buffalo.

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 53-51

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Twins (RHP Kyle Gibson, 8-8, 4.19 ERA) at Royals (RHP James Shields, 9-5, 3.58 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--C Erik Kratz was acquired from the Blue Jays to replace backup C Brett Hayes, whom the team designated for assignment. Kratz, 34, batted .198 with three homers in 34 games for Toronto this year. He will back up Salvador Perez. "We added some depth in the backup catching role with Kratz," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said to the Kansas City Star. "He's a quality receiver, and can throw, and has got some power."

--RHP Liam Hendriks was acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays then was sent down to Triple-A Omaha. He went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for the Blue Jays this year, 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for Triple-A Buffalo.

--3B Danny Valencia was traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for C Erik Kratz and RHP Liam Hendriks. Valencia, 29, is joining his fifth team in three seasons. He hit .282 with a .328 on-base percentage, a .382 slugging percentage, two homers and 11 RBIs as a Royal.

--C Brett Hayes was designated for assignment when the team acquired C Erik Kratz from the Blue Jays. In 27 games with the Royals this year, Hayes hit .135 with seven hits and two RBIs.

--1B Eric Hosmer was held out of the starting lineup for the sixth time in seven games, nursing a bruised right hand after being hit by a Jon Lester pitch July 20 at Boston. Hosmer could return to the lineup Tuesday after an off-day Monday.

--LHP Jason Vargas is scheduled to throw another simulated game Thursday after throwing to batters Saturday. Vargas is recovering from an appendectomy.

--RHP James Shields will start the Tuesday series opener against the Twins. If Shields picks up the victory, it would be his 10th, making him the seventh active pitcher with a current streak of eight-plus seasons with double-figure victories. He is 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA in eight Kauffman Stadium starts.

--LHP Bruce Chen's ERA ballooned to 6.42 after yielding six runs on eight hits and two walks in five-plus innings. In 40 2/3 innings this season, Chen has given up 54 hits and walked 14 in 49 2/3 innings. He was out for two months with a bulging disc. He will likely return to the bullpen when LHP Jason Vargas comes off the disabled list.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Five homers in the series. He's really swinging the bat well right now. He's hot." -- Royals manager Ned Yost, on Indians 1B Carlos Santana after an Indians rout on Sunday.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--1B Eric Hosmer (bruised right hand) was hurt July 20. He didn't play July 21-22. He returned to the lineup July 23, but he was forced to leave after three at-bats and missed the game July 24. He was a defensive replacement July 25 and 26 and missed the game July 27. He is still day-to-day.

--RHP Jason Vargas (appendectomy) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 9. He had emergency surgery in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 9. He resumed throwing July 18, and he threw a 20-pitch side session July 21. He is scheduled to throw a side session July 24, and he could return after two or three mound sessions.

--RHP Luke Hochevar (Tommy John surgery in March 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 2. He is out for the season.

ROTATION:

RHP James Shields

RHP Yordano Ventura

RHP Jeremy Guthrie

LHP Danny Duffy

LHP Bruce Chen

BULLPEN:

RHP Greg Holland (closer)

RHP Aaron Crow

RHP Kelvin Herrera

RHP Wade Davis

LHP Scott Downs

LHP Francisley Bueno

RHP Jason Frasor

CATCHERS:

Salvador Perez

Erik Kratz

INFIELDERS:

1B Eric Hosmer

2B Omar Infante

SS Alcides Escobar

3B Danny Valencia

DH Billy Butler

INF Mike Moustakas

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Alex Gordon

CF Lorenzo Cain

RF Nori Aoki

OF Raul Ibanez

OF Jarrod Dyson

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