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.
The Indians announced on Wednesday that second baseman Jason Kipnis has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Infielder Erik Gonzalez was called up from Triple-A Columbus.
Kipnis, 30, has been bothered by the hamstring for the last two months. He had to be pulled from Tuesday’s game with renewed tightness. The veteran is hitting .228/.285/.409 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 335 plate appearances on the season.
Gonzalez, 25, has a .263/.272/.400 triple-slash line in 82 PA in the majors this season. He provides versatility for the Indians as he’s played second base, third base, shortstop, and both corner outfield positions as a member of the Tribe.
The Red Sox placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained thumb this afternoon.
Bradley’s left thumb got bent back awkwardly as he slid into home plate on Tuesday night in Cleveland. X-rays came back negative, but an MRI taken Wednesday morning in Boston revealed the sprain. It’s unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined.
Bradley is hitting .262/.343/.432 with 14 homers and 54 runs batted in on the season. Andrew Benintendi is likely to take over in center field for Bradley, with Chris Young and Brock Holt sharing time in left.