BRONX, N.Y. -- The Kansas City Royals have placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb.
DeJesus suffered the injury and left Thursday's game against the Yankees after crashing into the center field wall in the third inning while trying to track down a Derek Jeter drive that eventually wound up as an inside-the-park home run.
Jeter sent a Bruce Chen pitch deep toward the wall, and DeJesus initially appeared to make a great backhanded catch. His wrist, though, bent at nearly a 90-degree angle while hitting the wall, and the ball came loose.
The 30-year-old DeJesus, who has been the subject of trade speculation, is batting .318 with five home runs and 37 runs driven in over 91 games.
To fill the roster spot, the Royals have recalled outfielder Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha.
Gordon started the season in the major leagues and hit just .194 in 31 at-bats before being sent to the minor leagues to learn how to play the outfield after coming up and playing as a third baseman.
The former number-one overall selection in the 2005 draft was batting .310 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 75 combined games between Single-A Wilmington and Omaha.