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Royals put Mondesi on IL with shoulder injury

Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, one day after partially dislocating his left shoulder in Tuesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Mondesi suffered the injury while diving for a foul popup from Chicago’s Yolmer Sanchez in the fifth inning. He didn’t make the catch and was holding his left arm while leaving the field.

Mondesi has been enjoying a solid season, batting .266 with seven homers, 52 RBIs and a major league-leading 31 stolen bases in 82 games.

Kansas City recalled infielder Humberto Arteaga from Triple-A Omaha to replace Mondesi. Arteaga batted .237 with one RBI in 11 games with the Royals earlier this season.

Also, right-hander Jake Newberry was optioned to Omaha to clear a roster spot for left-hander Mike Montgomery, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Monday in exchange for catcher Martin Maldonado.

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Royals manager Ned Yost said Mondesi will be evaluated in a week.

“He’s sore today,” Yost said. “I don’t expect any decision right now. We’ll just wait until we can give it some time to see how it feels.”

The injury came 15 days after Mondesi returned to the Royals following his first stint on the injured list this season for a right groin strain.

In Mondesi’s absence, Yost expects Arteaga and Nicky Lopez to share shortstop duties, with Whit Merrifield playing second base when Lopez slides over.

Montgomery, who was drafted by the Royals with the 36th overall pick in the 2008 draft, went 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

The Royals plan to transition Montgomery into a starting role, something he is familiar with. Montgomery made 19 starts for the Cubs in 2018 and has started 56 games over the first four years of his career.

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