Maxwell available to Royals; Smith sent to Omaha

Kansas City Royals pinch Hitter Justin Maxwell hits a home run during the 12th inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell returned from the bereavement list and was in the starting lineup playing right field for Tuesday night’s series opener against the White Sox.

The Royals cleared roster space for him by sending reliever Will Smith to Triple-A Omaha.

Maxwell was acquired from the Astros at the July 31 trade deadline, and was hitting .406 with three homers and seven RBIs since arriving in Kansas City. He left the team after the opener of a doubleheader last Friday in Detroit because of the death of his grandmother.

In other news, third baseman Mike Moustakas continues to deal with a strained left calf. Manager Ned Yost said he’ll likely play Wednesday when the Royals face a right-handed starter.


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