Elarton on D.L.; Thomson signed
Probably no huge surprise since it was talked about a few days ago, but the Royals have officially placed Scott Elarton on the 15-day D.L. (retro to June 20) with a right foot sprain. Taking his place on the roster…right-hander John Thomson, who the Royals signed to a one-year Major League contract today. Thomson will join the team tonight in Milwaukee. He hasn’t been named a starter.
Here’s the background on Thomson: He’s 33 and a nine-year Major League veteran, compiling a 62-84 record and a 4.69 ERA in 214 career games, including 210 starts. After originally being selected by Colorado in the seventh round of the 1993 draft, he pitched for the Rockies (1997-2002), Mets (2002), Rangers (2003) and – get ready for this! – the Braves (2004-2006). His best season came in 2004 with Atlanta, when he went 14-8 with a 3.72 ERA in 33 starts, helping the Braves to the playoffs. His only season in the American League came in 2003 with Texas, when he tied for second in the league in starts (35), finished seventh in innings (217.0) and tied for seventh with three complete games.
Thomson began this season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury. He has made nine starts with Class A Dunedin and Triple-A Syracuse before being released on June 18. In those nine starts, he was 3-4 with a 4.47 ERA, striking out 41 and walking 16 in 50.1 innings. He made his final start for Syracuse on June 16, lasting five innings in a loss.
What do you think? Will he fit well into the Royals rotation?
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