Royals 3B Moustakas placed on 15-day DL with thumb fracture

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CLEVELAND — The Kansas City Royals have placed Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.

The third baseman is hitting .258 with seven homers and 13 RBIs in 25 games. He batted .284 with 22 homers and 82 RBIs last season, playing a key role in helping the Royals win the World Series.

Moustakas was scratched from Friday night’s lineup. He started Wednesday against Washington after not starting the first two games of the series because the thumb was bothering him.

Kansas City has lost eight of 10 and dropped to .500 for the first time since April 5, the second game of the season. The Royals have scored 11 runs and been shut out four times in the past 10 games.

Infielder Cheslor Cuthbret has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.