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The Royals have claimed infielder Lance Zawadzki on outright waivers from the San Diego Padres. In order to create space on the Major League 40-man roster, the Royals assigned outfielder Jai Miller outright to Omaha. Miller will become a minor league free agent at 4 pm CT on Saturday.
Zawadzki (zuh-WAHD-skee), 25, received his first taste of the big leagues in 2010, appearing in 20 games for the Padres in May and June and hitting .200 (7-for-35) with two doubles, an RBI, four runs, five walks and a stolen base. The 5-foot-11 switch hitter also appeared last season in the Padres system with Triple-A Portland and Double-A San Antonio appearing at second base, third base and shortstop. He is a career .268 hitter in 380 minor league contests with 73 doubles, 15 triples, 30 home runs, 187 RBI and 58 stolen bases. A fourth-round selection by San Diego in 2007, Zawadzki attended San Diego State University from 2004-2006 before transferring to Lee University (Tenn.) and leading the Flames to the NAIA World Series in 2007. Upon making his debut on May 2, 2010, he became the first player from Lee to play in the Majors. A native of Shrewsbury, Mass., Zawadzki was drafted out of high school (48th round in 2003 by the Montreal Expos) and following his junior season at San Diego State (15th round in 2006 by the St. Louis Cardinals), but chose not to sign either time.
The 25-year-old Miller played in 20 games for the Royals and hit .236 (13-for-55) with three doubles, one home run and four RBI. He was claimed on Outright Waivers by the Royals on April 26.
Looking to the future
Giving Gregor Blanco the day off allows Jai Miller to start in the outfield today. Yost said they will keep moving guys in and out of the lineup in order to give everyone opportunities. He added that the competition for next year’s roster is practically wide open all over, and the addition of potential minor league players makes the mix even more competitive.
Back in the swing of things
The manager also discussed Josh Fields’ recent play, saying the infielder is doing pretty well offensively and looks okay on defense as well. Yost said Fields has produced decent at-bats nearly every time and has had a couple tough plays at third base, which he believes is somewhat to be expected this early into Fields’ return from the D.L.
Kanekoa Texeira has been playing catch, but has not thrown off a mound yet. He is recovering well from a right elbow strain and has not had any pain, but Yost said there is no need to push him. He expects the hurler to return sometime between now and the end of the year.
Also, Yost thinks Robinson Tejeda has looked good since returning from the D.L. and hasn’t really missed a beat except for one outing in which he wasn’t exceptionally sharp.
Looking good in the ‘pen
Yost believes the bullpen has performed well on a fairly consistent basis. On an individual level, he said nearly everyone is matching the high standard of throwing 4.0 successful innings out of 5.0. Additionally, he thinks all those involved in yesterday’s doubleheader did a good job of keeping the team in the ballgame and making it exciting. He said that in regards to today’s game, everyone should be available.
Grab the bull by the horns
Yost is looking forward to giving Jai Miller a starting opportunity today and hopes to see what Miller is capable of doing. Today is Miller’s first career start in the big leagues. Yost added that this is a time of opportunity for several players, including Phil Humber, Bryan Bullington, and Greg Holland, all of whom pitched on Saturday.
Bullington didn’t quite seize his opportunity yesterday, allowing 11 hits in 5.0 innings pitched, a sizeable difference compared to his previous start against the Yankees in which he surrendered only two hits over 8.0 innings. According to Yost, consistency is a must and is not something you can teach. He strongly believes Bullington’s outing against New York was not a fluke, and he expects the pitcher (as well as all his players) to not simply hold his job but rather take full advantage of it.
The Royals today claimed outfielder Jai Miller on Outright Waivers from the Oakland Athletics and optioned him to Triple-A Omaha. To create a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the club transferred infielder Josh Fields to the 60-day Disabled List.
Miller, whose first name is pronounced “Jay”, is a 25-year old outfielder who appeared in 10 games for Sacramento (AAA) in the A’s system this April. He was claimed by Oakland off waivers from the Florida Marlins on April 8. The 6-foot-3, 207 pound right-handed hitter and thrower had previously spent his entire career in the Marlins chain since being selected in the fourth round of the 2003 Draft. After appearing in one game for the Marlins on June 22, 2008, striking out in his only at bat, he spent the entire 2009 campaign at New Orleans (AAA) where he hit .289 with 24 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 52 RBI and 55 runs in 102 games.
Born in Auburn, Ala., he now resides in Selma where he starred on the baseball, basketball and football teams in high school. Miller was committed to play wide receiver and point guard at Stanford University before signing with the Marlins in 2003.