Being September 1st, the KC Royals announced the expansion of their active roster. It expanded to 33 players and their 40-man roster is now full. Five of the six minor league callups were promoted from Triple-A.
As expected, they activated left fielder Alex Gordon from the DL. During his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha, Gordon went 12-for-28 with two doubles, a home run, six runs scored, and five RBIs. He also walked eight times compared to six strikeouts.
The Royals also activated the newly acquired Jonny Gomes, who will be in uniform (#31) tonight when the Royals open a series with Detroit (and Justin Verlander).
The Royals also recalled infielders Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert, catcher Francisco Pena, and speedster Terrance Gore. Gore is the lone callup from Double-A (where he stole 39 bases).
I really do not see any of these guys playing much (except maybe Gore as a pinch-runner), especially with the additions of Gordon, Gomes, and Ben Zobrist (who can play anywhere).
The Royals also added lefty Scott Alexander and right-hander Miguel Almonte to the roster. To make room, lefty Jason Vargas (Tommy John surgery) was placed on the 60-day DL.
Both Alexander and Almonte will be making their Major League debuts.
While Alexander struggled in August (5.65 ERA and just 2-for-5 in save opportunities), he has had a successful season with the Storm Chasers. Overall, his ERA was 2.56 in 41 games. Over 83.1 innings, opponents hit .209 against him, he walked 17, and struck out 50. It will be nice for the Royals to have that second lefty in the bullpen.
Meanwhile, Almonte has struggled all season (though he has had some bright spots). With the Storm Chasers, he had a 5.40 ERA over 36.2 innings. Opponents hit .244 against him, he walked 15, and struck out 41. Almonte’s biggest flaw has been consistency (or his lack thereof).
A few that were not called up (yet as the minor league season does not end for another week): newly signed relievers Wandy Rodriguez and Joba Chamberlain, relievers Michael Mariot and Louis Coleman, pitcher Yohan Pino, outfielder Brett Eibner, utility man Whit Merrifield, and Jose Martinez (who is hitting a whopping .381). From this list, only Mariot and Pino are already on the 40-man roster.