The Royals have recalled right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister from Omaha (AAA) and placed right-handed pitcher Doug Waechter on the 15-day D.L. (retroactive to April 18) with a lateral strain in his right elbow. Bannister is scheduled to make the start for the Royals on Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Indians.
Bannister, 28, was 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in three starts for Omaha. He recorded 7.0 shutout innings on April 14 at Round Rock and followed that up with 2.0 perfect innings Sunday at home against Albuquerque.
The 28-year old Waechter posted a 4.50 ERA in three relief outings for the Royals.
Zack Greinke has been named the American League Co-Player of the Week. He shares the honor with Ian Kinsler of the Rangers. Zack was 2-0 with 14.0 shutout innings, including 19 strikeouts, in defeating both Cleveland and Texas. Greinke will start at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night with a streak of 34.0 consecutive shutout innings dating back to last year. Kinsler went 15-for-27 (.556) including a 6-hit game and cycle on Wednesday vs. Baltimore. Zack held Kinsler to a 1-for-4 night in Zack’s shutout of the Rangers on Saturday (the first shutout of Zack’s career).
Congratulations to Zack!
Stadium tours are back at Kauffman Stadium! The tour program was put on hold during the renovation process, but now things are in full swing and better than ever!
Three levels of tours are offered – “The Classic,” “The All-Star,” and “The Grand Slam.” Be sure to come out to see all of the behind-the-scenes areas at the renovated Kauffman! To learn more about the tour program and to purchase tour tickets online, follow this link:
The Royals play the Rangers at 7:05. Tonight’s game is on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.
Crisp – CF
Aviles – SS
DeJesus – LF
Butler – 1B
Teahen – 3B
Jacobs – DH
Callaspo – 2B
Olivo – C
Bloomquist – RF
Greinke – P
Here’s a look at Royals birthdays for April:
Third base coach Dave Owen (below) will be 51 on April 25. Renee Zellweger turns 40 on this day, which is also the 77th birthday for the Meadowlark Lemon, the “Clown Prince” of Harlem Globetrotter fame.
Royals Hall of Famer Amos Otis turns 62 on April 26, which is also celebrated by Carol Burnett (76).
Pitching coach Bob McClure rounds out our birthday list on April 29. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will turn 55, while Andre Agassi, Master P, and Uma Thurman will celebrate their 39th birthday.
Major League Baseball paid homage to Jackie Robinson on Wednesday as all uniformed personnel wore number 42. The day took on extra meaning in Kansas City, where Robinson played for the Negro League’s Monarchs in 1945. Former 20-game winner Mudcat Grant was on hand in the Buck O’Neill Legacy Seat. Here’s a look at the special day, which included this monster home run by Mike Jacobs.
Mike Jacobs, a first year Royal, paid a visit to Operation Breakthrough during the Royals Caravan in January. You can see that the stop made an impact by the smile on his face in this photo.
Today, Jacobs stepped up to the plate for Operation Breakthrough. He will donate $500 to the local non-profit for every home run he hits this season (including his home run on Monday night.) ATH would like to recognize Mike for his involvement in the Kansas City community. Way to go, Mike!