Veteran second baseman Mark Grudzielanek’s time with the Royals likely came to an end Tuesday when he was shifted to the 60-day disabled list while he recovers from a torn deltoid ligament in his right ankle.
The decision was one of several moves as the club shifted personnel to accommodate roster additions prior its series opener against Oakland at Kauffman Stadium.
Grudzielanek suffered the injury Aug. 1 in a collision with first baseman Ross Gload while chasing a pop-up. The season will be over before Grudzielanek is eligible to return. He will be a free agent this winter and is unlikely to return for a fourth season with the Royals.
The club also recalled three injured minor-league players on their 40-man roster and shifted them to the 60-day list: shortstop Angel Sanchez, outfielder Shane Costa and pitcher Carlos Rosa.
Players on the 60-day list do not count against the 40-man roster.
Those moves allowed the Royals to purchase the contracts of first baseman Kila Kaaihue and pitchers Devon Lowery and Yasuhiko Yabuta from Class AAA Omaha.
The Royals also recalled first baseman Ryan Shealy from Omaha and reinstated pitchers Ron Mahay, Jimmy Gobble and John Bale from the disabled list.
Major League rules permit rosters to expand from 25 to 40 players in September, but all additions must be placed on the 40-man roster.
Sanchez has a sprained middle finger on his left hand; Costa is recovering from surgery on his right wrist; and Rosa has a strained right elbow. None will be eligible to return to active duty before the season ends.
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