Hillman Media Session: Mahay and Yabuta
One in and one out
Royals’ left-handed reliever Ron Mahay was designated for assignment this afternoon after almost two full seasons with the Royals. Manager Trey Hillman said, “He just wasn’t performing like we had hoped for. It just never really clicked and he never got into any kind of rhythm this season. He had a couple of really strong months last year, but this season he just hasn’t been in command of his stuff.” Taking his place on the roster will be Yasuhiko Yabuta, who was signed out of Japan in 2007. He has spent all of 2009 with Triple-A affiliate Omaha, posting a 2-1 record with a 3.55 ERA (53 K in 45 2/3 IP).