Mark Teahen put on disabled list with fractured middle finger

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Mark Teahen injured the middle finger on his right hand fielding a ground ball Sunday and X-rays revealed a fracture, so the White Sox placed him on the disabled list this afternoon and called up Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A.
Teahen started 41 of the White Sox’s first 50 games at third base, but hit just .255 with a .727 OPS and is below average defensively. Omar Vizquel will make his 12th career start at third base tonight against right-hander Rich Harden and the Rangers, and Jayson Nix also figures to see plenty of action filling in for Teahen.
Lillibridge has hit just .177 with one homer in 197 plate appearances as a big leaguer and hasn’t been much better at Triple-A with a .700 OPS in 292 games, so he’s stretched as anything more than a utility man. No word yet on how long the White Sox expect to be without Teahen, but he could be out for several months if surgery is needed.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.