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Minnesota Twins claim pitcher Dusty Hughes on outright waivers

The Royals announced today that the Minnesota Twins have claimed left-handed pitcher Dusty Hughes on Outright Waivers.  Hughes was designated for assignment when the Royals added Jeff Francis to the 40-man roster on January 20.

Hughes, 28, was 1-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 57 relief appearances in 2010.  His 57 appearances were the second-most in the American League among rookies.

 

Pitcher Jeff Francis officially added to 40-man roster, Dusty Hughes designated for assignment

The Royals have announced that left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis, who agreed to terms on January 14, was officially added to the 40-man Major League roster after passing a physical examination.  To clear a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the Royals designated left-handed pitcher Dusty Hughes for assignment.

Hughes, 28, was 1-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 57 relief appearances in 2010.  His 57 appearances were the second-most in the American League among rookies.

 

Trey Hillman Media Session: September 23

Meet Mr. Lerew

The mystery surrounding Thursday’s starter against the Boston Red Sox is officially over.  Say hello to #54 Anthony Lerew, previously the ace of the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  Lerew, 26, has pitched sparingly in three previous seasons with the Atlanta Braves compiling a 0-2 record with an 8.31 ERA.  He was signed by the Royals in Spring Training and collected a 10-6 record while pitching for Northwest Arkansas and then went 2-0 in the playoffs for the Naturals.  What can we expect from Mr. Lerew? Manager Trey Hillman says he hears good things about Anthony.  “I’ll be honest, I have not even seen him pitch to a live batter, nor have I seen him even throw a bullpen session, but I hear good things about him.  He is a big, strong kid who has good command and solid stuff.  Anthony has experience in the big leagues which is important. It will be interesting, and as you see him for the first time, I will be doing the same.”  

Injury Report

LHP Dusty Hughes-Feeling better, will be missing Thursday’s scheduled start but plans on a bullpen session. If and when he returns, look for him to return to the bullpen.

RHP Juan Cruz-Off the DL should be available as soon as tomorrow for the final game of the series against the Boston Red Sox.

LHP John Bale-Has been throwing batting practice, multiple bullpen sessions are in order leading him to eventually throw to live batting.  Hillman and the club continue to be very cautious with this lefty reliever, so there is not a guarantee he will pitch again this season.

RHP Kyle Farnsworth-Continues to be suffering from a sore lower shoulder (back), team is hoping to use his services before the end of the season, but again the cautious approach is being taken with Kyle.

LHP Bruce Chen-Done for the season and put on 60 day DL with torn left oblique muscle. 

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: September 5

Injuries Mounting

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.

Winter League Notes — Brayan Pena smacks three home runs

BrayanPena.jpgSeveral Royals players are staying warm this winter in the Caribbean. The goal isn’t just to stay out of this current snowstorm that’s hitting Kansas City…these Royals are staying sharp by playing winter league baseball.

Last night, Royals catcher Brayan Pena belted three home runs for Cibao in the Dominican Republic. That’s half of his 2008 total with the Omaha Royals. Pena has 18 career minor league home runs in 2,003 at-bats and two Major League home runs in 127 at-bats with the Braves. He is batting .346 with 8 home runs and 33 RBI in 34 winter contests. Pena, claimed off waivers from the Braves on May 30, is currently on the Royals 40-man roster.

A few other notes from the Caribbean:

* Esteban German is third in the Dominican Winter League with a .355 average.

* Tony Pena, Jr. is batting .294 with a .373 on-base percentage for Cibaenas in the Dominican.

* Robinson Tejeda, teaming with German on Azucareros del Este, has 25 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

* Minor leaguer Dusty Hughes is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA over 34.0 IP for Escogido in the Dominican.

* Mike Aviles is batting .302 with Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Mike’s club is managed by his uncle, Ramon Aviles, who played in the Majors in 1977 and 1979-81 with Boston and Philadelphia.

Photo credit: Gregory Bull/AP

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