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.
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