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MLB notebook: Royals add Bonifacio to aid push

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The Kansas City Royals acquired Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash or a player to be named later Wednesday, giving them a versatile player capable of providing depth in their banged-up infield.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas remained out of the Royals lineup with a strained left calf for Wednesday’s game against the Marlins. Fellow infielder Miguel Tejada, who had been playing second and third quite regularly, went on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right calf.

He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear space on the 40-man roster for Bonifacio, who is expected to join the Royals for their five-game set against Detroit that starts today.

Bonifacio, whose younger brother Jorge is in the Royals’ minor-league system, was traded to the Blue Jays from the Marlins last offseason.

He was hitting just .218 with three homers and 12 stolen bases, but is especially valuable given his ability to play the infield and outfield.

He’s played all three outfield spots with the Blue Jays, but can also play second base, third base and shortstop. Kansas City General Manager Dayton Moore attempted to address the issue earlier this week when he swung a similar deal with the Twins to acquire Jamey Carroll, who can play across the infield with experience in the outfield.

Rangers acquire lefty reliever

The Houston Astros traded minor-league left-hander pitcher Travis Blackley to the Texas Rangers for cash and a player to be named later. Blackley, 30, went 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 42 relief appearances for Houston this season before being designated for assignment on Aug. 8. Blackley was been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. The Australian is 8-8 with a 5.28 ERA in 78 career games, including 23 starts. Four of his eight career wins are against the Rangers.

Around the leagues

The Toronto Blue Jays put outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left abdominal muscle. The Blue Jays recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo and selected outfielder Kevin Pillar from Triple-A on Wednesday. … The Los Angeles Angels recalled infielder Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill in for ailing shortstop Erick Aybar. Aybar, a Gold Glove winner in 2011, left Tuesday night’s loss with cramping in his left calf.


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