Stuck in an eight-game losing streak, the stumbling Kansas City Royals turned to the greatest player in franchise history to turn around their hitting woes.

Hall of Famer George Brett was appointed the club’s interim hitting coach Thursday and will join the team in time for their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Brett takes over for Jack Maloof and Andre David, who have been reassigned to the minor league organization.

This will be Brett’s first in-season coaching role, though he’s been the franchise’s vice president of baseball operations since retiring as a player following the 1993 season. He’s also worked as a volunteer coach at spring training for years.

“I’m thankful that this organization has one of the greatest hitters and more importantly one of the greatest competitors our game has ever seen in George Brett, and he has accepted our offer to join the coaching staff on an interim basis,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

Royals manager Ned Yost dumped hitting coach Kevin Seitzer following last season, and said at the time that he wanted to develop an offense that flashed more power.

Dodgers’ Kemp out two weeks

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed slumping center fielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list because of a right hamstring strain.

The Dodgers recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday to take Kemp’s place on the roster.

Kemp was injured while running down a double in right-center by Mike Trout in Wednesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Angels.

Kemp, a two-time All-Star, is batting .251 this season with two homers and 17 RBI in 51 games, and has struck out 60 times in 191 at-bats following offseason shoulder surgery. In his last six games, he is 1 for 17 with 10 strikeouts.

Teixeira, Youkilis set to return

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis each singled in their final minor league rehab game Thursday, and are expected to rejoin the major league club in New York today.

Both players went 1 for 3 for the Trenton Thunder against the Erie SeaWolves, with Youkilis driving in a run with a single to left in the fifth.

Teixeira lined a single to right in the fourth, but was quickly erased on a double play.

Both went 0 for 2 with a walk in their first rehab game Wednesday and said they felt ready to return.

The Yankees plan to activate Andy Pettitte from the disabled list on Monday and start the left-hander that night against the Cleveland Indians.

Pettitte, who turns 41 next month, came out of a start against Seattle on May 16 because of a tight left trapezius muscle, near his pitching shoulder.

Twins’ Plouffe headed to DL

Trevor Plouffe is headed back to the disabled list again without even playing a game.

Plouffe was activated from the seven-day disabled list on Wednesday, but strained his left calf in a workout before the game. The Twins placed him back on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and are recalling Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester.