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Royals release Jacobs, Bale; add pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

The Royals announced a pair of roster moves before today’s Rule 5 draft.  Kansas City released first baseman/designated hitter Mike Jacobs and left-handed pitcher John Bale.  Jacobs hit .228 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI in 2009, his lone season with Kansas City.  Bale went 0-1 with a 5.72 ERA in 43 relief appearances.  He had been with the club since the 2007 season. 


Kansas City then selected left-handed pitcher Edgar Osuna from the Gwinett (Triple-A) roster of the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.  Osuna, 22, was named by Baseball America as having the “Best Changeup” in the Braves farm system following the 2008 season.  The Mazatlan, Mexico native is currently pitching in the Mexican Winter League after splitting his season between Myrtle Beach and Mississippi in the Atlanta system.

The Royals currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

Trey Hillman Media Session: Zack Greinke, John Bale

Nice to meet you Mr. Greinke

The Minnesota Twins, it would seem, have hit the schedule lottery by not facing Royals ace Zack Greinke in 14 games so far this season.  That all comes to an end tomorrow when Greinke will face Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins at 1:10.  Remember the game is not on TV, so you’re only chance to catch it is at Kauffman Stadium on person.  Manager Trey Hillman was asked who has the advantage when a team has not faced a pitcher before, the opposing team or the pitcher in question.  “I think clearly the pitcher has the distinct advantage in this case, you can watch all the video you want on someone and do your homework on them, but it’s not the same as facing them live.  When a pitcher has not been seen by the opposing team, it takes a while for the batters to get their timing down and get comfortable in the box.  It can take some guys an at-bat and others will never figure it out, plus we are talking about Zack, he is not the easiest pitcher to hit against.”

John Bale

Royals pitcher John Bale has been progressing nicely from his sore right hamstring that has kept him out of the line-up for a couple of weeks now.  So much so, that his earlier prognosis of possibly shutting it down for the rest of the season has been upgraded to probable beginning with Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees.  He will be evaluated this afternoon and if everything goes well, he will be traveling with the team on Sunday night to New York.  “We are going to be very cautious with John, we just hope he doesn’t have to end the season on the DL,” said Hillman.

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. 

Back to School Drive a success

Back To School.JPGThank you Royals fans for donating during the fifth annual Back to School Drive last Thursday and Friday!  The school supplies will benefit the Primitivo Garcia Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo.  The K-7 neighborhood school is located in the heart of downtown.  Primitivo Garcia opened its doors in 1993 as a magnet school with an emphasis in world language.  It is now a comprehensive school that aims to develop life-long learners with a capacity for leadership and service, a quality demonstrated by the school’s namesake – Primitivo Garcia – who was shot and killed while trying to protect his teacher from violence in 1967.

Stacy Meche (second from left) and her husband Gil were the co-chairs of this year’s drive.  Pictured with Stacy from the left are Genevieve Bale, wife of John Bale; Betty Kaegel, Director of Community Outreach; and Monica Crespo, fiancée of Roman Colon.

May Birthdays: Happy Birthday George!

George_Brett_S_bf002.jpgMay 15 is George Brett’s 56th birthday!  George shares his day with future football Hall of Famer and noted ballroom dancer Emmitt Smith, who hits the big 4-0!









Dennis_Leonard_S_0b002.jpgFellow Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard turned 58 on May 8.  Leo was born on the same day as Harry S. Truman (1884).





Royals slugger Jose Guillen will turn 33 on Sunday.  Also on that day, Dennis Hopper will be 73 while Bob Saget and Sugar Ray Leonard will be 53.  Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block turns 39.6-23 Guillen.JPG

7-15 Soria.jpgJoakim Soria’s big day is Monday as he hits the quarter-century mark.  He shares his day with baseball greats Brooks Robinson (72) and Reggie Jackson (63) and comic Tina Fey (39).  The late Pope John Paul II was born on this day in 1920.  









Two broadcasters round out our list.  Bob Davis has a birthday on May 27 (as does Henry Kissinger, 86), while Fred White celebrates on May 29.  Bob Hope was born on May 29, 1903 and John F. Kennedy was born on that day in 1917.


Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Home Cooking

Manager Trey Hillman said he was very excited to come home after the recent road trip, and it wasn’t just because the team went winless in California.  “We’re excited about the community involvement here, we feed off it, it takes us to another level at times,” says Hillman.  He went on to say that there is a calm about being at home, the players feel it and it translates onto the field.  Hillman said usually less mental errors and mistakes are made when you feel more at ease with your surroundings.

Coco’s Experience

Invaluable was the word used by Trey to describe the impact Coco Crisp has on his team.  “His experience in Major League Baseball is vital, it balances out some of our players here and to a degree brings a sense of calmness to the club,” says Hillman.  “He’s a professional, who works hard, plays hard, and that is the kind of role model you want on your team, to inspire and to teach others.”

How is Soria?

Joakim Soria has yet to begin throwing, which means the team is unable to evaluate his progress or lack thereof.  Manager Hillman says there is no timetable as of yet and that the team is just trying to get Soria involved in extracurricular activities until he is capable of consistently rehabbing his current right shoulder injury.


Reliever John Bale is consistently hitting 86-89 mph on back-to-back days, with continued improvement in velocity daily on his rehab assignment.  Doug Waechter had a setback in a rehab appearance as his oblique muscle is now giving Doug discomfort.  Hillman says he has nothing in store for the game tonight with regards to it being “ladies night”.  He said, “I guarantee no one paid to watch me manage tonight.”

Bale is back in K.C., Gathright inks with Cubs

bale_3097a.jpgJohn Bale has agreed on a one-year contract with the Royals.  The 34-year old left-hander was non-tendered last Friday, making him a free agent. Bale was 0-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 13 appearances (3 starts) in 2008.  After moving from the starting rotation to the bullpen and then dealing with multiple injuries, Bale responded with 10 scoreless relief appearances in September, covering 11.1 innings.  During that span, he retired 21 consecutive batters before issuing a walk in his final appearance of the season.  Bale figures to play a prominent role in the Royals bullpen in 2009.

Joey Gathright, also non-tendered by the Royals on Friday, is now a member of the Chicago Cubs. The 27-year old speedster signed a one-year deal with the North Siders on Tuesday. Gathright batted .254 with 22 RBI and a team-leading 21 stolen bases last season.

Joey will be remembered by Kansas City fans for his great plays that made Sportscenter. You can find your favorite Gathright plays here…and there are many, including his leaping catches to rob Toronto’s Aaron Hill of home runs on back-to-back days in 2007. Don’t forget spring training of8-27 Gathright.jpg 2008 when he leapt over Los Angeles pitcher Hiroki Kuroda while going to first base. After that game, a contingent of Japanese media waited outside of the Royals clubhouse. This was a typical site in spring training as the reporters talked to pitchers Hideo Nomo and Yasuhiko Yabuta on a daily basis. But that night, the reporters wanted to know about the media availability of Gathright, who had jumped over their countryman! Joey became a star in Japan, at least for one day. We wish Joey the best as he moves on to the Cubs.

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Two Homestands Left

9-2 Shealy.jpgSince it’s so late, just a couple quick notes. Let’s go Around the Horn…

Four new Royals will be in uniform today as the September call-ups. Along with the four call-ups, are a flurry of other moves. Lefties John Bale, Jimmy Gobble and Ron Mahay have all been activated from the Disabled List and in one fell swoop, the Royals bullpen jumped from none to three Southpaws.

Among the call-ups are two newbies (technically three since Yasuhiko Yabuta is still a rookie) and two players who’ve seen some service time. Ryan Shealy played parts of the last two seasons and will rejoin the Major League club. He’s slotted at first tonight, though rain is falling at Kauffman Stadium right now. Yabuta will also make his return, moving back into the bullpen.

9-2 Kila.jpgThe newcomers are Devon Lowery and Kila Ka’aihue. Both have been featured in Gameday magazine this season and both will be putting on their first big league uniform for tonight’s game.

To make all of this work, the Royals Baseball Operations made a flurry of other moves as well to open up roster spots for three players who weren’t on the 40-man roster. Angel Sanchez, Carlos Rosa and Shane Costa were all recalled and placed on the 60-day DL. Each had been on the Minor League DL before the Triple-A Omaha season. Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek was also moved to the 60-day, ending speculation that he might return from his ankle injury.

Congratulations to Mark Teahen. He’s the Roberto Clemente Award winner for the Royals. The Clemente Award is given to the player on each team who both sports the on-field skills to be a valuable member of his team but is also devoted to helping their community.

9-2 Teahen.jpgTeahen has played four positions for the Royals this year and over the weekend, banged homers in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the year. He also became the first Royal since Brian McRae did it in 1992 to hit two inside-the-park home runs in a single season.

He’s delivered off the field just as well. Earlier this year his fashion show raised $75,000 for the Kansas City area Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The Challenger program helps children with disabilities to play baseball, using able-bodied buddies and specially-designed fields.

The award comes at a great time for Teahen who has his next Challenger event set in stone at Cold Stone Creamery on the Country Club Plaza. Teahen will be there from 6-7 on Sunday, Sept. 7. During the hour Teahen is there, fans are asked to donate to Challenger instead of regular payment. 100 percent of the money collected during the hour will go to the program.

Former Royals broadcaster Buddy Blattner is up for the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award (vote here), the same award Denny Mathews won in 2007 and Mariners’ broadcaster Dave Niehaus won in 2008. Around the Horn interviewed Mathews and Niehaus earlier this season about the Cooperstown experience…Mike Aviles chatted with fans earlier today. He still leads rookies in batting average, sitting at .330…You can still get a great deal on gas and Royals tickets. Interested? Check it out…You can also be a hot dog (check here). 

9-2 Ballpark.jpgThird
The next homestand will feature a very special opportunity. A deal this good hasn’t been around since 1973. You can get a seat at the K for $3. Yep, three bucks.

It’s called retro-pricing and it’s a tribute to the old stadium as the Royals prepare for the Grand Re-Opening next season.

So from September 15-18 (the Mariners’series), you can get an upper deck seat for 1973 prices. In addition, general admission parking for the four games is just $5, courtesy of The Parking Spot.

Tonight’s lineup:
DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Butler DH
Shealy 1B
Olivo C
Teahen 3B
Callaspo 2B
Gathright CF

Greinke P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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Game two versus Colorado (Plus a little waiver wire action)

Today’s Lineup straight from Trey Hillman to you… only five and a half hours before game time: 

DeJesus CF
Aviles 2B
Gordon 3B
Guillen LF
Olivo DH
Teahen RF
Buck C
Gload 1B
Pena SS

Greinke P

Plus: The Royals claimed 26-year-old pitcher Robinson Tejeda (Tuh-HAY-duh) off waivers from the Texas Rangers today. Injured pitcher John Bale was moved to the 60-day D.L. to accomodate Tejeda on the Royals 40-man roster. The righty is not expected to join the Royals for tonight’s game, but a corresponding roster move on the 25-man roster will be made.

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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