After using up six of their seven available relievers in Tuesday night’s 12 inning victory in Tampa Bay, the KC Royals called on some reinforcements.
However, to make room for those reinforcements, the Royals had to make some roster moves.
They added relievers Seth Maness and Al Alburquerque to both the 40-man roster and the big league 25-man roster. Both had been pitching well with Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals designated both infielder Christian Colon and outfielder/first baseman Peter O’Brien for assignment. CC hasn’t seen much playing time this season (just seven games) and hopefully he gets a fresh start with tons of chances somewhere else. O’Brien had been awful so far this season in Triple-A, hitting just .162 with three home runs and six RBIs. He struck out 31 times in 27 games.
Jake Junis, who just got to Tampa Bay yesterday and earned his first big league victory in relief, was sent back to Triple-A Omaha.
With all of those moves, there will be quite a few more in the minor league ranks. Most likely those will come tomorrow, as both Triple-A Omaha and Double-A NW Arkansas are off today.
The DFA of O’Brien opens the door for first baseman/DH Frank Schwindel to get his much deserved promotion to Triple-A. I also expect the Storm Chasers to add another reliever, whether that is from NWA or activating Andrew Edwards off the DL.
This is just speculation, but outfielder Elier Hernandez is not in the lineup for Game 1 of High-A Wilmington’s doubleheader tonight. That would also be a much deserved promotion.
More speculation is that first baseman Chris DeVito did not play in Low-A Lexington’s afternoon game today. He could be headed to Wilmington.