Royals placed 3B Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right knee.
It's a tough break for Moustakas, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday after missing two weeks with a fractured thumb. Moustakas injured his knee in a collision with Alex Gordon in only his second game back and now faces another extended absence. The 27-year-old has hit only .240 this year with seven homers in 27 games. The Royals called up Brett Eibner from Triple-A Omaha in the corresponding roster move.
Chris Johnson had a two-run homer and an RBI single against the Rays on Thursday.
The homer was his second of the year. Johnson is hitting .226 with six RBI in 61 at-bats while primarily starting against left-handers this year. He needs to pick it up to be of use in that role.
Steven Souza struck out all three times he was up before being removed for a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Marlins.
Souza is hitting a respectable .259 with four homers this month, but he's now struck out a whopping 32 times in 22 games. It going to be nearly impossible for him to maintain his current .268 average if he keeps whiffing at this rate.
Matt Holliday is getting the night off Thursday.
Brandon Moss will play left field and bat fifth as the Cardinals stack left-handed bats against Nationals right-hander Joe Ross. Holliday is available off the bench.
Randal Grichuk is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Nationals.
Grichuk registered his third straight multi-hit game on Wednesday, homering and singling in a loss to the Cubs, but the Cardinals will go lefty-heavy on Thursday versus Washington righty Joe Ross. Jeremy Hazelbaker is starting in center field and batting leadoff.
Reds sent RHP Steve Delabar outright to Triple-A Louisville.
Delabar was pushed off the 40-man roster on May 21 and had option of electing free agency, but he will instead stay with the Reds as organizational relief depth. The right-hander should get another shot at some point this summer if he can find a groove at the Triple-A level. Delabar had a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and 10/10 K/BB ratio in eight innings with Cincinnati prior to the DFA.
Chasen Shreve has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.
Shreve apparently suffered the injury Wednesday while giving up three runs on two homers and a single as the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays. He's already been placed on the 15-day disabled list. It's probably going to be a lengthy absence for the lefty reliever.
Angels signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.
Kratz was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 16 and subsequently released. The veteran catcher is a .210/.261/.381 career hitter at the big league level. He will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.