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Royals promote Jorge Soler, Cheslor Cuthbert to DL

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Brandon Moss could find more bench time.

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The Royals have recalled outfielder Jorge Soler from AAA Omaha and have placed third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert on the 10-day disabled list with a wrist sprain, according to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan. Soler was acquired last winter from the Cubs for pitcher Wade Davis, but had a disastrous spring training and began the year on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He struggled upon his return, hitting just .164/.292/.273 with one home run in 65 plate appearances before the Royals demoted him to Omaha on June 3. In 31 games for the Omaha Storm Chasers this year, Soler has dominated the Pacific Coast League, hitting .324/.453/.667 with 11 home runs and 23 walks.

The move likely means less playing time for designated hitter Brandon Moss, who has been a huge disappointment since signing a two-year, $12 million deal last winter. Moss, who is hitting just .179/.256/.370 in 51 games, will stay on the roster, but the clock may be ticking on him, particularly if Soler fares well in his return to Kansas City.

Cuthbert’s stint on the DL is retroactive to June 26, making him eligible to return on July 6. Flanagan speculates Cuthbert injured himself Sunday, and reports he had been icing the wrist the last few days. The Royals are currently carrying 13 pitchers, but may have less of a need for such a deep pitching staff following their doubleheader on Saturday.