Rios lands on DL with broken hand

Rios has a career .762 OPS. Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Alex Rios on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a non-displaced fracture in his left pinky finger.

Rios suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever J.R. Graham during Monday’s game. He is expected to be out three-to-six weeks, according to Royals general manager Dayton Moore.

“I think it would be a little careless to put six weeks on it,” Moore said, according to the Kansas City Star. “And maybe a little premature to be two to three weeks on it. I think it’s somewhere in between.”

Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando are expected to get extra playing time in the outfield, and it is possible that the team fills Rios’ roster spot with an extra pitcher.

Rios, who signed a one-year, $11 million contract in December after spending last season with the Texas Rangers, is hitting .321 with one home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases in seven games this season.