Royals Aoki placed on 15-day DL, Maxwell returns

Kansas City Royals' Nori Aoki, of Japan, celebrates with teammates after scored on an one-run single hit by Eric Hosmer during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Kansas City Royals' Nori Aoki, of Japan, celebrates with teammates after scored on an one-run single hit by Eric Hosmer during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Royals put outfielder Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a left groin strain.

Aoki, who grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning Friday, is hitting .263 with 14 extra-base hits, in 68 games, while batting leadoff in 64 games.

The Royals purchased the contract of outfielder Justin Maxwell from Triple-A Omaha, where he was hitting .316 with five doubles, a triple, five home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games.

Maxwell began the season with Kansas City, but was designated for assignment on May 15 with a .138 average. Maxwell started in right field Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.

The Royals transferred left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen, who went on the disabled list May 2 with a bulging disk, to the 60-day disabled list to make space for Maxwell on the 40-man roster.

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