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New season of The Amazing Race to have Royal connection

Baseball and travel go hand in hand.  We’ve featured travel and geography on this blog through fan photos in our Around the World posts.  We interviewed an opposing coach who appeared on The Amazing Race with his daughter.  And we asked Royals which teammate would make the best contestant on The Amazing Race.  When we posed that question to second baseman Chris Getz in March, 2012, little did we know that his wife, Nicky, would be a contestant on the show.  Nicky will share the television experience with Kim DeJesus, wife of former Royal and current Tampa Bay Rays outfielder David DeJesus.  Congrats to Nicky and Kim, who are featured in a “Meet the Teams” video on!  The new season premieres Sunday, September 29 on CBS.

Royals acquire pitchers Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks from Oakland for David DeJesus

 The Royals announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro and left-handed pitcher Justin Marks from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder David DeJesus.  Mazzaro replaces DeJesus on the Major League roster while Marks has been assigned to the Wilmington (A Advanced) roster.

“This deal allows us to further increase our pitching depth at the Major and minor league levels,” Royals’ General Manager Dayton Moore said.  “Vin Mazzaro fits into our rotation for next season while Justin Marks is a young left-hander who we see starting 2011 at Wilmington.  David DeJesus is a high-class person and has been our most consistent performer, both offensively and defensively, over the past few years.  We wish the very best for him in the future.”

The 24-year-old Mazzaro was 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 24 appearances, including 18 starts, for the A’s in 2010.  In 122.1 innings, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder allowed 127 hits, 58 earned runs and 50 walks while striking out 79.  Opponents hit just .251 against him in his 18 starts, as he compiled 12 quality starts.  Mazzaro also pitched in seven games (six starts) for Sacramento (AAA), going 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA, striking out 38 over 37.1 innings.  A third-round pick by Oakland out of Rutherford (NJ) High School in 2005, Mazzaro is 10-17 with a 4.72 ERA in 41 Major League games (35 starts) since debuting as a 22-year-old in 2009.  He is 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts) in his career against A.L. Central opponents.  Mazzaro was named Texas League (AA) Pitcher of the Year in 2008, compiling a 12-3 record and a 1.90 ERA in 22 starts while pitching for Midland.

Marks, 22, spent his first full season of professional baseball in 2010 opening the campaign with the Kane County Cougars (A) before finishing on the mound for the Stockton Ports (A Advanced).  The 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander was 3-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 20 starts with the Cougars, allowing 109 hits in 109.2 innings and striking out 119 against 41 walks.  Following his promotion, he went 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA in five games (four starts) with the Ports.  The A’s third-round pick out of the University of Louisville in 2009 as a junior, Marks was named Big East Pitcher of the Year following the 2009 campaign.  He was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 37th round of the 2006 Draft out of Owensboro (Ky.) High School.

DeJesus, 30, batted .318 with 23 doubles, five home runs, 37 RBI and 46 runs scored in 91 games for the Royals last season, missing the final two and a half months after requiring surgery on his right thumb following a collision with the wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22.  A fourth-round pick of the Royals in 2000, DeJesus is a career .289 hitter since breaking into the Majors in 2003.


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.


DeJesus to attend 2010 Ability Day

9-23 DeJesus.jpgOutfielder David DeJesus will be a featured guest at Kansas City’s Ability Day again this year.  Individuals and families are invited to learn what agencies, organizations and providers can do for them and their loved ones living with disabilities.  Many fun and interesting activities are planned, including cycling, soccer, bowling, gymnastics golf, baseball and ballroom dancing.

The event is this Sunday, October 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at ‘The View’ Community Center, 13500 Byars Road in Grandview.  There is no charge and walk-up registration is available.

Ned Yost media session: October 2

DeJesus Option Exercised

Today the Royals announced they have exercised their 2011 club option on David DeJesus. Yost said the decision was a no-brainer and he’s glad the club made the move. He also expressed his faith in Dayton Moore, saying the general manager knows which way to take the team. Yost added that DeJesus is a very underrated player, much like teammate Joakim Soria. Yost said he knew of DeJesus when he managed in the other league, but definitely had no idea just how good he was until this season when he watched him up close.  The manager also said it hurt a lot when the outfielder got injured because the team lost a solid all-around competitor. 

Royals reinstate Meche, Fields from D.L, recall May from Omaha

The Royals have returned right-handed pitcher Gil Meche and infielder Josh Fields from their respective rehab assignments and reinstated them from the 60-day Disabled List.  In addition, the club has recalled catcher Lucas May from Omaha.  To create space on the 40-man roster, the Royals have transferred right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar and outfielder David DeJesus to the 60-day D.L.  Meche, Fields and May will be in uniform for tonight’s game.  May will wear No. 22.

Meche, 31, has missed 86 games with right shoulder bursitis.  He was 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in nine starts for the Royals prior to being placed on the D.L. on May 29 (retroactive to May 26).  Meche returns to the Majors in a relief capacity, where he made his final three rehab appearances for Omaha, allowing one run on two hits in 4.2 innings, striking out five.

The 27-year-old Fields is looking to make his Royals debut after being acquired with Chris Getz on November 5, 2009 from the White Sox for Mark Teahen.  He underwent labral surgery on his right hip toward the tail end of Spring Training and was placed on the D.L. on March 28.  Fields began a rehab assignment with Surprise on August 12 and went 4-for-10 with four RBI for the Royals’ rookie-level club before hitting .436 (17-for-39) with eight doubles and 9 RBI in 11 games for Northwest Arkansas (AA).

May, 25, was acquired by the Royals on July 28 from the Dodgers in the deal that sent outfielder Scott Podsednik to Los Angeles.  The five-foot-11, 195-pounder is making his first appearance on a Major League active roster.  May was hitting .275 (25-for-91) for Omaha with seven doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 24 games.  In 104 games this season, he has combined to bat .283 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI, posting a .483 slugging percentage.

Hochevar is currently on a rehab assignment at Omaha.  He has been sidelined since June 16 (retroactive to June 12) with a right elbow sprain.  He is currently eligible for reinstatement.

DeJesus has missed the past 37 games with a right thumb sprain suffered on July 22 at Yankee Stadium.  The outfielder is eligible to be reinstated on September 21.


Ned Yost media session: DeJesus surgery update, Gordon in the outfield, Mr. 2,000

Under the knife

According to Yost, everything went well and without complications during David DeJesus’s thumb surgery this morning. The fact that the surgery is rather common and has a high success rate leaves Yost hopeful that the outfielder will return in the expected 10 weeks. Yost said he would like to get David back before the end of the year.

Pick a side

Yost also discussed Alex Gordon’s time in the outfield, saying that he plans on rotating Gordon between left and right for the time being. The manager’s aim is to further develop Gordon as an outfielder and to eventually determine which side of the field he fits in best.

Mr. 2,000

Fans will witness Jason Kendall’s 2,000th career game behind the plate tonight, a feat just four other catchers have accomplished, none faster than the Royals’ backstop. Yost said the most remarkable aspect of Kendall is his durability, which is hard to argue with since the catcher plays nearly every day. As Yost has noted before, he also credits Kendall’s accomplishment to the catcher’s mindset, which Yost said is focused on a marathon.


Yost was also questioned about how his team will finish out its 20 games in 20 days, which began on July 16. He replied by saying “you just have to get through it…it is what it is.” Yost believes stretches like these are what makes the Major League Baseball season so tough.

DeJesus to undergo surgery

DeJesus_fielding.jpgDavid DeJesus will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.  He suffered the injury last night while attempting to make a catch on a ball hit by New York’s Derek Jeter. The recovery time is a minimum of 10 weeks. 

David’s .318 average on the year is his highest since he joined KC in 2003.  DeJesus extended his record of errorless games by a KC outfielder to 241 last night, which is well ahead of the old record of 165 by Amos Otis.  We wish David the best in his recovery!

Alex Gordon recalled from Omaha, David DeJesus placed on 15-day D.L.

Gordon3-4.jpgThe Royals have placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day Disabled List with a right thumb sprain and recalled outfielder Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha.  Gordon is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game in New York against the Yankees. 

Gordon, 26, was hitting .315 (82-for-260) with 20 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 59 runs scored in 68 games for Omaha and was recently a Pacific Coast League All-Star.  He also played seven games in a rehab assignment to begin the season with High A Wilmington, batting .235 with three doubles and nine walks in 7 games.  The converted third baseman hit .194 (6-for-31) with a double, home run, RBI and 5 runs scored in 12 games for the Royals prior to being optioned to Omaha following the Royals’ May 2 game at Tampa Bay.


Ned Yost media session: July 17

Outfield swap

Tonight fans will see David DeJesus in center field and Mitch Maier in right field, a decision Yost made simply because DeJesus is playing great at that position and he wants Maier to become acclimated with all three outfield positions.

Defensive mishaps

Yost said the two errors in last night’s game were not due to a lack of focus nor were they related to the team having time off over the All-Star Break. Instead, he believes the errors were aggressive mistakes and the result of the players trying to do too much in an effort to get off on the right foot in the second half of the season. Yost expects the team to be less anxious tonight and to play a little more controlled.

Under further review

The manager also discussed Coco Crisp’s controversial leadoff double in last night’s game. Yost said the reversed call definitely set a dangerous precedent for the contest. While he understands that human error is a natural part of the game and that players and coaches have to live with mistakes, he also believes players and teams should get what they earn, but not to the point that the game is stopped for review after every play.

Pena playing time

Yost also announced that Brayan Pena will see a little more action in the remainder of the season. Yost knows, however, that playing time is not a major concern of Pena’s. The manager described Pena as a great team player who understands and accepts his backup role behind Jason Kendall. Additionally, Yost claimed that Pena is the perfect guy for the backup catcher position and is always working hard and getting in as many reps as possible.

Getting healthy

Gil Meche bounced back really well today and has plans to play catch, play long toss, and throw a side tomorrow. Should things go as planned, Yost hopes to send the pitcher out on a rehab assignment, probably to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, on Wednesday. According to Yost, Meche is back to feeling good and healthy, though his command is still a bit shaky.



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