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Royals reinstate Kendall and DeJesus from 60-day D.L.; Bannister assigned outright to Omaha and elects free agency; Anderson designated for assignment
The Royals have announced today that the club has reinstated catcher Jason Kendall and outfielder David DeJesus from the 60-day Disabled List. To make room on the Major League roster, right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister was assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha while right-handed pitcher Brian Anderson was designated for assignment. In lieu of accepting the assignment, Bannister chose to elect free agency.
Kendall, 36, batted .256 in 118 games for the Royals in 2010 before missing the final 31 contests with an extensive tear in his right rotator cuff that required surgery on September 24.
The 30-year-old DeJesus hit a career-high .318 in 91 games, missing the final two and a half months of the season after requiring surgery on his right thumb after a collision with the outfield wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22.
Bannister, 29, went 7-12 with a 6.34 ERA in 24 games, including 23 starts, for Kansas City in 2010, his fourth year in the organization after being acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on December 6, 2006.
The 28-year-old Anderson converted from an outfielder to a pitcher following Spring Training this season and combined to post a 0-0 record and 2.08 ERA (17.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 17 SO) in 14 outings for the Surprise Royals (R), Burlington Bees (A) and Omaha Royals (AAA). Anderson was signed to a one-year contract by the Royals as a free agent on December 23, 2009.
Under the knife
Jason Kendall had extensive surgery today to repair three of the four muscles that attach to the rotator cuff. When doctors got into the shoulder, it was discovered that two of the muscles were completely torn off the bone. Yost said the doctor feels good about the procedure and Kendall will just have to take things month by month. Yost added that this is not something you should rush, and he knows the ever-eager Kendall will have to be reminded daily that he needs to be patient and smart about his recovery. Kendall should return to Kansas City at some point this weekend.
Yost also commented on Brian Bannister and Luke Hochevar’s return to active duty, saying the two will “piggyback” next Tuesday night at Minnesota. Bannister will make the start and Hochevar will follow. The moves will put Bryan Bullington back in the bullpen.
Last night’s events were frustrating for Yost because he had to burn a pitcher even though everyone knew a storm was blowing in. He said the team will try its best to get through tonight’s 18 innings without using yesterday’s starter, Sean O’Sullivan. Yost added that it wouldn’t be earth-shattering to use Sully and he knows the pitcher could do it, but he feels it is unnecessary to take that chance. Look for O’Sullivan to be available to toss a couple innings of relief work in tomorrow’s contest, if needed. That would be his normal side day.
Yost said Luke Hochevar looked great as he threw 25 pitches today. He also claimed the righty looked unhittable and without a doubt passed the test. The next step for Hochevar is to toss another session on Tuesday in Detroit. The number of pitches will increase to 30-35, and Hoch will throw 15-18, sit down for five minutes to simulate an inning break, and will then throw the rest. If all goes well, the pitcher will be sent on a rehab start next Saturday.
Additionally, Brian Bannister will make a rehab appearance on Monday in Omaha. Yost expects Banny to toss 25-30 pitches over 2.0 frames. Gil Meche will pitch in relief tonight for Omaha as well.
In today’s pregame interview with manager Ned Yost, questions focused on the pitching staff. The first hurler to be discussed was Bryan Bullington. Having just earned his first Major League win after 8.0 innings of shutout work against the Yankees on Sunday, the media asked if the righty would see another start. Yost replied by saying he doesn’t know what the future holds, it could all depend on how Brian Bannister looks after throwing his next side, which was scheduled for today. Yost added that the eventual return of Luke Hochevar will force the coaches to make even more decisions about the pitching rotation. When asked how close Hochevar is to being ready, Yost said he is pretty close, as is reliever Robinson Tejeda.
Yost also provided his thoughts on pitchers who seem to have success in their first several starts in the Majors, saying most of the success is due to luck and the fact that teams have never seen the pitchers before. However, he was also quick to note that this was not the case for Bullington, who had also thrown very well in his first start this year against the Angels as well.
Bryan for Brian
Yost said Bryan Bullington looked good in his start against the Angels last Tuesday and he’s going to give the pitcher another shot tomorrow against the Yankees. He explained how the next six weeks are about opportunities anyway, so letting Bullington fill in for Brian Bannister is consistent with the plan. Yost added that he liked how Bullington kept the team in the game against Anaheim and gave the Royals a chance to win, as well as how the right-hander kept the ball down and attacked hitters.
A work in progress
Yost also discussed similarities and differences between Gregor Blanco and Scott Podsednik, saying the two are comparable hitters, though Blanco bunts better. When it comes to batting leadoff, however, Yost believes Podsednik is as pure as they come while Blanco still needs to be molded a bit. Yost is looking forward to Blanco’s development in this position because he thinks it is fun to take guys with Blanco’s type of ability and help turn them into good leadoff hitters.
What a relief!
Last night’s one-run game was made even closer due to a pair of Royals errors and some other mistakes that could have resulted in errors. Yost expressed his disapproval, saying teams can’t give four or five outs to anyone and expect to survive, though the Royals somehow managed to do so last night. He added that errors are part of the game–it’s how you cover them that’s important, and he was very satisfied with how Blake Wood and Joakim Soria did just that.
It’s not over ’til it’s over
So far this season, the Royals have scored 28 times with two outs and no runners on. According to Yost, this statistic is a good indication of the offense’s attitude and understanding that an inning isn’t over until there are three outs. Yost takes no credit for the headstrong attitude, but instead says it is just a mindset ingrained in the players themselves.
Hoping for a Banny repeat
In tonight’s game vs. the White Sox, Yost hopes to see starting pitcher Brian Bannister do what he did in his last outing against the Nationals when he went 6.0 innings, giving up five hits and no runs. Yost believes Bannister will have another successful start if he keeps the ball down, which he can do very well with his cutting fastball and sinking changeup.
Wilson Betemit is back in the lineup for the second time in three games, a move Yost made because of Betemit’s hot bat and power potential. Not in the lineup for the third straight contest is Mitch Maier, but Yost had nothing but positive things to say about the outfielder.
The Kansas City Royals announced that the club will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to catcher John Buck and outfielder Josh Anderson. In addition, the Royals also reached agreements with right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister, Roman Colon and Kyle Davies on Major League contracts for 2010, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Buck, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Royals after coming over in a trade from the Houston Astros in 2004. He batted .247 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games as KC’s backup catcher in 2009.
The 27-year old Anderson was acquired by the Royals on July 30 from the Detroit Tigers. He hit .237 for KC with 12 stolen bases in part-time duty.
The 28-year old Bannister posted a 7-12 mark for Kansas City in 2009, his third season with the Royals, recording a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts. He has recorded a 30-38 mark with a 4.79 ERA in 93 career games, 91 of which are starts.
Colon, 30, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Royals last season. Acquired by Kansas City on July 13, 2007, he has an 8-10 career record with a 4.97 ERA over 116 appearances (8 starts) for the Braves, Tigers and Royals.
Davies, 26, compiled an 8-9 record and a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts for KC last season. Acquired at the trading deadline in 2007 from the Atlanta Braves, Davies takes a 34-44 record and a 5.54 career ERA into next season.
The moves to non-tender Buck and Anderson currently place the Royals Major League 40-man roster at 38.
Royals infielder Chris Getz, acquired from the Chicago White Sox with infielder Josh Fields on November 6, has been named to the Topps Company’s 51st annual Major League Rookie All-Star Team for 2009.
Getz, a second baseman, was joined on the team by Giants’ first baseman Travis Ishikawa, White Sox’ third baseman Gordon Beckham, Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus, Marlins’ outfielder Chris Coghlan, Pirates’ outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Orioles’ outfielder Nolan Reimold, Mets’ catcher Omir Santos, Braves’ pitcher Tommy Hanson and Phillies’ pitcher J.A. Happ.
The 27-year old Getz batted .261 for in 107 games for Chicago, collecting 18 doubles, scoring 49 runs and stealing 25 bases in 27 attempts. The left-handed hitter ranked tied for first among AL rookies in multi-hit games (28), third in triples (4) and stolen bases, tied for fourth in doubles and fifth in walks (30), runs and hits (98). Getz’ 92.6 stolen base percentage (25-for-27) led the league (min. 15 attempts). Defensively, his seven errors were tied with Toronto’s Aaron Hill for the fewest among second baseman in the AL.
The Topps’ Major League Rookie All-Star team was initiated in 1959. The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2010 trading card in Topps Baseball, with Series One due out in late January.
Royals’ right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister and infielder Mike Aviles were honored on the team following the 2007 and 2008 seasons, respectively.
Royals starter Gil Meche has inflammation in his right shoulder possibly leading him to have made his last appearance of the 2009 season. “We are going to continue to treat Gil as if he will pitch again this season, however it is quite possible he will not pitch again this year. I am going to monitor how his throwing and catching sessions go and we will see how his body responds to the activity. On a side note, Brian Bannister is going to New York to get a second opinion on his right shoulder, which is quite customary for injured athletes. There is absolutely no timetable for Bannister’s return,” manager Trey Hillman stated.
What Can I do!
A reporter asked a wonderful question this afternoon, is there anything Hillman can do to try and improve his ace’s (Zack Greinke) chances of attaining the Cy Young Award this season? “What a tremendous honor and accomplishment it would be for Zack, but this is still a team and I am not going to juggle my schedule to adhere to the possibilities of one individual. If there is something in my power with regards to a line-up, etc, I might do something like that, but I am not going to rearrange our priorities for the possibility of one player winning a post season award. No one is pulling for Zack more then me, I have a lot of pride and affection for him, but I don’t want to diminish anything we have done this season as a team or organization.
A list of injured Royals came out this afternoon during manager Trey Hillman’s dugout interview. Royals starters Brian Bannister and Gil Meche are out due to sore right shoulders and each will miss at the very least their next scheduled starts, beyond that is yet to be determined at this point. Taking their rotation spots will be LHP Bruce Chen and last night’s starter, Robinson Tejeda. Outfielder Jose Guillen has been shut down for the rest of the season to allow him the optimum amount of time needed to recuperate and get healthy for spring training next season. Reliever John Bale is out indefinitely and quite possibly for the rest of the season with a strained hamstring which he aggravated in last night’s game against the Angels. Second basemen Alberto Callaspo injured his ankle in last night’s affair and is out of the line-up for tonight’s game. Lastly, reliever Kyle Farnsworth tweaked his back, also in last night’s game, but is probable for the game tonight.
Three New Royals
Well, with so many injured Royals pitchers, who is going to take their place? Let me introduce you to new Royals pitchers, #31 LHP Dusty Hughes, #47 RHP Victor Marte, and #53 RHP Carlos Rosa, all of whom will be contributing in relief. “They have good stuff, we are in need of pitching but that doesn’t diminish what they have done, they got here on their own merit. We are going to work with them on their command, location, and being more efficient with not getting behind in the count as much. This is an evaluation process for each one of them, we are excited to see what they can do at this level,” says Hillman. For Hughes and Marte, this is their first time in the bigs. Rosa was up for a brief stay last year.