KC Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, who received two suspensions from MLB awhile ago, found out today his fate. He will now serve six games, down one from the original combined seven games.
Herrera will begin serving his suspension today, as the Royals just began their finale against Cleveland (after a lengthy rain delay). Meaning, he will miss this weekend’s series against Detroit and two games next week against Texas.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Royals acquired veteran backup catcher Drew Butera from the LA Angels in exchange for minor league utility man Ryan Jackson. The Angels had designated Butera for assignment a few days ago.
To make room for Butera on the Royals 40-man roster, lefty Tim Collins was moved to the 60-day DL. Francisco Pena is expected to head back to Triple-A Omaha when Butera arrives (which is presumed to be Friday).
Jackson was hitting .305 for the Storm Chasers in 19 games. He had three doubles and nine runs scored, while playing all over the infield.
Butera is out of options, so it will be interesting to see what the Royals do when Erik Kratz comes off the DL in a few weeks. GM Dayton Moore said today that Kratz is STILL their backup catcher.
As of right now, the Royals are leading the Indians, 4-1 in the second inning. Eric Hosmer hit a three-run first inning homer off Indians ace Corey Kluber, who was been atrocious so far this season.
*In Indians news, former Royal Bruce Chen will be added to their roster to make the start against Minnesota on Saturday. Chen has pitched VERY well for Triple-A Columbus, going 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in five starts. He has struck out 23 (compared to just three walks) in 31 innings.