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Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario beats the tag by Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Martin Maldonado left Monday night’s game in the sixth inning without signs of injury. Following the game, news broke that it was due to a trade.

The Kansas City Royals confirmed late Monday they have traded the catcher to the Chicago Cubs.

The 23-year-old Maldonado was hitting .224 with six home runs in 73 games. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal in March following an injury to Salvador Perez. Maldonado figures to get major playing time with Willson Contreras immediately heading to the injured list with a foot strain.

The traded reunited the Royals with Mike Montgomery, a 29-year-old selected by the Royals 36th overall in the 2008 draft. He was traded to the Rays for James Shields and pitched eventually for the Cubs from 2016-18. He had a 5.67 ERA this year and is under club control until 2021, making $2.44 million this year.