Royals' DeJesus diagnosed with sprained right thumb

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Royals outfielder David DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb on Thursday evening when he collided with the Yankee Stadium outfield wall while trying to chase down a Derek Jeter line drive.  That liner, because DeJesus could not reach it, turned into an inside-the-park home run for the Yankee captain. 

DeJesus is considered “day-to-day” for now, according to the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton, but many players have been forced to the disabled list with a similar injury.  The 30-year-old is believed to be the Royals’ biggest — or at least most valuable — trade commodity as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches.  But a player can not be traded while on the disabled list.

DeJesus is batting .318 this season in 352 at-bats for the Royals.  He also has a .384 on-base percentage, five home runs and 37 RBI.  The Red Sox, Braves and Reds are rumored to have interest.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.