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?

Don’t forget…Royals vs. Brewers tonight, 7:05 p.m., catch it on 810 WHB or RSTN.


I like this deal, even though we want and need to be in a youth movement. Someone has to give us some innings, and we’ve really only got a couple of starters who consistently do.

Off topic: PLEASE do not give any more consideration to acquiring Milton Bradley, healthy or not, cheap or not. Just when the patient is coming out of the coma and starting to show signs of wanting to fight for his life, would you introduce cancer into the patient’s body? And that’s exactly what Bradley is…a clubhouse cancer. Let him be some other team’s problem.

I also like the Thompson deal. It gives our pitching prospects more time for seasoning.

I’m with johnk on Bradley. Please do not acquire him. He’s not a guy you want young people to come out and watch baseball from. That’s all I have to say.

I really thing that some age is not a bad thing. Having a guy that has been in the league for a while might really help some of the young talent on the staff.
I also agree that we should not aquire Bradley we do need someone with his talents but not him.

Something on a side note: Why not make a shot a Griffey he seems not happy with the Reds plus he would have a longer life in the American league. Also think of the fans that he would bring in.

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