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Jeremy Guthrie is excited for an opportunity in Kansas City

New Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie spoke with media members on a conference call today.  Guthrie said right away that he is excited to be with the Royals.  Guthrie is disappointed that he could not win more games for Colorado, but sees a perfect fit with a core of young players in Kansas City.  He is eager to set a good example for the staff through his work ethic. 

Guthrie is going from the high altitude of Colorado to an expansive outfield at Kauffman Stadium.  He recognizes The K as a good park for pitchers and believes that Kansas City’s defense makes it even better. 

The 33-year old has struggled this year, allowing 21 home runs, the most by a National League pitcher.  He acknowledges that hitters were making too much solid contact and said that the home runs were not wall scrapers – most would have been out of any stadium.  He felt like he had good stuff in his last start at Coors…and as for the impact from Colorado’s altitude, he stated, “I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know”.

Reporters asked the right-hander about his freak bicycle accident, which occurred in April.  Guthrie said that a rear piece of the bike popped loose, forcing the tension in the chain to be lost.  He stumbled sideways and jammed his elbow into the ground.  He described the injury as more of a football injury that typically occurs with contact. 

Guthrie has always worked hard to stay healthy – which shows as he has pitched 200+ innings in each season from 2009 to 2011.  He also has a connection in Kansas City as head trainer Nick Kenney was an assistant trainer while the pair were with Cleveland.

Guthrie described himself as a person that is always optimistic and ready for the next challenge.  The Stanford product knows that he can learn from his experience in Colorado and is ready to pitch in front of some great fans here in Kansas City!  He is slated to join the club here tomorrow and will wear uniform #33.

Royals acquire pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from Rockies for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez

 The Royals today acquired right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez

Guthrie, 33, is 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA in 19 games, including 15 starts, for Colorado in 2012.  He has pitched well away from Coors Field, posting a 3.67 ERA in 10 games (8 starts) on the road.  The six-foot-one, 205-pound right-hander is 50-74 with a 4.37 ERA in 196 career outings (169 starts) for the Indians (2004-06), Orioles (2007-11) and Rockies (2012).  The Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Guthrie posted double-digit wins in three straight seasons for Baltimore in 2008-2010 and has topped the 200-inning mark in each of his last three seasons entering 2012.  He pitched for the United States at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Originally a first-round selection (22nd overall) for Cleveland in 2002 out of Stanford University, Guthrie was claimed off waivers by Baltimore in 2007 and then was traded to Colorado on February 6, 2012 in exchange for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. Born and raised in Oregon, Guthrie and his wife, Jenny, now reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and have a daughter, Avery, and two sons, Hudson and Dash.

The 29-year-old Sanchez was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals this season after being acquired from the San Francisco Giants with left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo for outfielder Melky Cabrera on November 7, 2011.  He was designated for assignment by the Royals on Tuesday, July 17.

 

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