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Sent down to Triple-A by Oakland to help his offensive struggles, former Walton star Billy Burns was traded Saturday to the Royals.

CLEVELAND — Outfielder Billy Burns was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday for outfield prospect Brett Eibner.

Oakland also placed left-hander Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, a move retroactive to July 20.

Burns, a former Walton High School star who has been playing at Triple-A Nashville, hit .234 with 12 RBIs in 73 games with Oakland this season. Eibner batted .231 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games for the Royals.

Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts and hasn't pitched since July 17, when he threw only five pitches before leaving due to the blister.

Hill was scheduled to start Sunday but was scratched after experiencing discomfort during a throwing session Friday. Right-hander Sonny Gray will take Hill's turn against Cleveland.

Left-hander Dillon Overton was recalled from Nashville to start Saturday night against the Indians.

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