Crisp played in just five games since May 26 and does not have an extra-base hit since a May 14 triple against Baltimore.
The Royals recalled utility player Tug Hulett from Triple-A Omaha. Hulett had hit in all seven games, a .370 average, since he was optioned to Omaha on June 3. Overall, Hulett had a .307 batting average with a .388 on-base percentage with four home runs, 16 doubles, 34 RBIs and 31 runs in 46 games with the Pacific Coast League club. Hulett was 0-for-4 earlier this season with Kansas City.
Crisp was acquired in a Nov. 29 trade with the Boston Red Sox for relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez. Crisp, who had started 49 games in center and batted leadoff in 47 games, led the Royals with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts and was tied for the American League lead with five triples.