Tuesday April 14th, 2015

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Rios suffered a fracture in his left hand after being hit by a pitch during Monday's game, the team announced Tuesday. 

Rios, the team's starting right fielder, will be placed on the disabled list. The Royals planned to make a corresponding roster move prior to their next game Wednesday at Minnesota.

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Rios, 34, went for X-rays after being hit in the wrist by a fastball from Twins pitcher J.R. Graham in the eighth inning of Monday's 12–3 win. The Royals diagnosed the injury as a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal.

The veteran outfielder was off to a hot start, batting .321 with an .809 OPS in his first seven games and helping lead Kansas City to a league-best 7–0 start. Rios signed a one-year deal with the Royals this offseason, with a mutual option for a second year. There is no timetable for his return.

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