It was a busy afternoon for the KC Royals.
First, they defeated visiting Boston, 3-2 despite collecting just five hits. Two of their three runs scored on one swing of the bat, a two-run home run from Eric Hosmer in the first.
Lefty Brian Flynn picked up his first big league win, striking out Jackie Bradley Jr in the seventh with one on in relief of Ian Kennedy (5.2IP, 6H, 2R, BB, 9K). JBJ extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a 9th inning single off Wade Davis (save number nine).
Then, the rumors became truth.
Utility man Whit Merrifield, who myself and many others have been clamoring for his promotion to the big leagues for a few years, finally is getting his shot. Merrifield was called up to the big leagues and is starting tonight in left field in Game 2 versus Boston.
Here you go Whit. Welcome to the big leagues. Oh and go face David Price.
Merrifield was hitting .278 with 11 doubles, five home runs, and 16 stolen bases (in 17 attempts) with Triple-A Omaha at the time of his promotion. However, he has not attempted a stolen base since April 29th.
The Royals had to make two moves to get Merrifield on the 40-man roster.
First, they designated Jose Martinez for assignment. Martinez, the reigning Pacific Coast League batting champ and Caribbean Series MVP, started off slow with Omaha this season, but has been on a tear as of late. His average was up to .298 (fifth best on the team), hitting .344 in May. Martinez hit ten doubles and three homers, with 18 runs scored and 18 RBIs.
I am hoping that Martinez gets claimed and gets his shot somewhere because he sure deserves it. It’s hard not to root for him.
To make room for Merrifield on the active roster, they optioned infielder Christian Colon to Triple-A. CC started Game 1, going 0-for-2 with a walk. He was hitting .250 in the big leagues. Maybe Whit will force Omar Infante out at second base?
*In Double-A, outfielder Terrance Gore was pulled after just one at-bat. He either got hurt running out a ground ball back to the pitcher or is headed to Omaha.