The Pittsburgh Pirates put center fielder Andrew McCutchen, the reigning National League most valuable player, on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken rib after waiting a week to see how it would heal.
The move was back-dated to Aug. 4, the day after McCutchen left a game at Arizona because of pain in his side after a swing. The previous day he was hit in the same area by a pitch from Diamondbacks reliever Randal Delgado. The Pirates promoted right-hander Casey Sadler from triple-A Indianapolis before Monday's game against the Detroit Tigers.
The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins for minor league pitcher Jason Adam. Willingham is expected to arrive in Kansas City in time for Tuesday night's game. The Royals agreed to take on the remainder of Willingham's contract — about $1.8 million of the $7 million that he was making in the final year of his three-year deal.
The San Diego Padres called up one of their top prospects, outfielder Rymer Liriano, who was hitting .452 at triple-A El Paso. Jeff Francoeur was designated for assignment. Liriano was to start Monday.