Royals drop Johnson

Kansas City Royals second baseman Elliot Johnson (23) deflects a ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, July 20, 2013. Two runs scored on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

DETROIT (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have designated second baseman Elliot Johnson for assignment to make room for newly acquired infielder Emilio Bonifacio.

Toronto sent the 28-year-old Bonifacio to the Royals on Wednesday for cash or a player to be named. He was in the starting lineup Thursday night at third base.

Kansas City was in Detroit for a crucial five-game series against the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Johnson hit .179 in 79 games for the Royals this year.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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