With the KC Royals bullpen being taxed over the last week with their rotation giving them less than stellar outings, the Royals needed a fresh arm.
I had been wondering what arm the Royals would call up from Omaha and this afternoon, they made a move.
Up comes right-hander Aaron Brooks and down goes Yohan Pino, who pitched last night. This will be Brooks’ second time in the big leagues this season.
Brooks was the scheduled starter for Omaha on Wednesday, so he is rested. Hopefully he pitches better than he has in his previous outings in the Majors. Edinson Volquez and his nasty blister are scheduled to start tonight in Texas for the Royals.
The two starters who had been pitching the best for the Storm Chasers were righty Joe Blanton and lefty John Lamb. However, both pitched in Monday’s doubleheader. While Lamb is on the 40-man roster and could be recalled later in the week if the Royals use Brooks for an extended appearance, Blanton is NOT on the 40-man roster and a move would have to be made (something they have not been willing to do). Blanton would be scheduled to start this weekend for Omaha, but I believe he has an opt-out date of May 15th (which is Friday)