The Kansas City Royals continue to tinker with their roster as the stretch run for a potential playoff berth approaches.
On Thursday afternoon, Kansas City acquired infielder Jayson Nix off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nix was designed for assignment on Monday, after hitting just .111 in 16 games for Pittsburgh. He played in 18 games for the Phillies earlier this season, before being granted free agency.
Also on Thursday, the Royals activated pitcher Scott Downs from the 15-day disabled list, where he had resided since August 12th with neck stiffness. The team recalled former Chillicothe Mudcat pitcher Michael Mariot from Triple-A Omaha, and put the rookie right-hander on the 60-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. KC also optioned pitcher Liam Hendricks to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
On the field, the Royals lost to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, by a ten inning final score of 11-5. Kansas City's lead over the Detroit Tigers is 1 1/2 games, heading into the Labor Day weekend. Kansas City hosts the Cleveland Indians for three games this weekend at Kauffman Stadium, before the Texas Rangers visit next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.