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KC activates Grimm from DL, options Oaks

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KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Tuesday activated right-handed reliever Justin Grimm from the disabled list, and optioned right-hander Trevor Oaks back to Triple-A Omaha.

Grimm, who was signed by the Royals during Spring Training after the Cubs released him, had been placed on the disabled list with lower-back tightness.

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KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Tuesday activated right-handed reliever Justin Grimm from the disabled list, and optioned right-hander Trevor Oaks back to Triple-A Omaha.

Grimm, who was signed by the Royals during Spring Training after the Cubs released him, had been placed on the disabled list with lower-back tightness.

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Grimm was ineffective for the Royals earlier this season, posting a 21.86 ERA in 10 appearances.

Grimm's struggles continued at Triple-A, where in nine outings he had an 8.68 ERA. But Grimm was near the end of his 30-day rehab assignment and he had to be reinstated.

Royals manager Ned Yost said he didn't have a defined role for Grimm upon his return. He started the season as a setup man to closer Kelvin Herrera.

"He's going to pitch out of the 'pen," Yost said, "and that's all I know."

Bonifacio to start rehab
Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, will begin a 15-day rehab assignment on Wednesday at Omaha.

According to club officials, Bonifacio must be reinstated from the suspended list after the Royals-Brewers game on June 27. A corresponding move on the 40-man roster (if need be) or the 25-man roster likely would be made the next day.

Yost said he did not know if Bonifacio would then be optioned to Omaha or would join the big league club.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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