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The Kansas City Royals announced that the club will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to catcher John Buck and outfielder Josh Anderson. In addition, the Royals also reached agreements with right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister, Roman Colon and Kyle Davies on Major League contracts for 2010, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Buck, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Royals after coming over in a trade from the Houston Astros in 2004. He batted .247 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games as KC’s backup catcher in 2009.
The 27-year old Anderson was acquired by the Royals on July 30 from the Detroit Tigers. He hit .237 for KC with 12 stolen bases in part-time duty.
The 28-year old Bannister posted a 7-12 mark for Kansas City in 2009, his third season with the Royals, recording a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts. He has recorded a 30-38 mark with a 4.79 ERA in 93 career games, 91 of which are starts.
Colon, 30, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Royals last season. Acquired by Kansas City on July 13, 2007, he has an 8-10 career record with a 4.97 ERA over 116 appearances (8 starts) for the Braves, Tigers and Royals.
Davies, 26, compiled an 8-9 record and a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts for KC last season. Acquired at the trading deadline in 2007 from the Atlanta Braves, Davies takes a 34-44 record and a 5.54 career ERA into next season.
The moves to non-tender Buck and Anderson currently place the Royals Major League 40-man roster at 38.
Today, John Buck, Billy Butler, David DeJesus and Mitch Maier joined Royals fans (and Sluggerrr) for a day of thrills at the 2009 Worlds of Fun Royals Baseball FanFest. The players met fans and signed autographs at the annual event, which celebrates two Kansas City summertime traditions. DeJesus and Buck also managed to squeeze in a ride on Worlds of Fun’s newest roller coaster, The Prowler, before heading to the ballpark for tonight’s game.
Because of today’s doubleheader, John Buck was unable to make an appearance at the 17th Annual Royals Blood Drive. The club has added an appearance by Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Paul Splittorff on Wednesday. Here’s the lineup for Wednesday at the 4040 Main location in Kansas City, Mo.
Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery – 11:00 a.m. to noon
Former Royals pitcher Jaime Bluma – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Royals are partnering with the Community Blood Center of Kansas City to host the 17th Annual Royals Blood Drive, July 20-24. John Buck will visit the Community Blood Center at 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., from noon to 1:00 p.m. from noon to 1 p.m. at 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, July 21. Royals mascot Sluggerrr will also visit the center at 9 a.m.
On Wednesday, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery and former Royals pitcher Jaime Bluma will visit the 4040 Main Street location on Wednesday, July 22 to greet donors.
All registered donors receive a pair of tickets to a 2009 Royals game as well as a commemorative T-shirt. Donors can register for the Royals Blood Drive at blood center locations in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Jefferson City and Topeka. Visit royals.com/community for specific location information.
Leader of the pack
We all know what A.L. All-Star selection Zack Greinke (congratulations to Zack on the well-deserved honor!) is capable of, and the impact he has on the field, but what does his ability to stay so dominant all season long due to the rest of the pitchers on the team that have struggled to stay consistent? “It brings out some very healthy competition amongst the boys, they push each other to be the best they can be. Between them, they all know who is good at what, who can answer a certain question, and whom to ask for help or advice, it’s their own little team and they feed of each other to strive to be as successful as possible,” said manager Trey Hillman.
Buck is back
Royals catcher John Buck made it back to the greater Kansas City area yesterday after a long drive home from Omaha, where he was rehabbing his injured lower back. After catching back-to-back nine inning games (which is what was instructed by the Major League club) he was given the green light to come home, do some light working out, and have his back re-evaluated. If everything goes well this afternoon with his workout and evaluation, most likely John Buck will be given the ok to go on the road trip to Detroit with the team.
Homecoming for Buck
It has been said by manager Trey Hillman that catcher John Buck could be back much sooner then later. “He is doing very well down there in Omaha, catching nine innings without any difficulties, now we’re looking for Buck to catch in back-to-back days,” said Hillman. “By the end of the week or the early part of next, we should see John Buck back with the club, but we still have to wait and see.” On another Royals catcher update, starting catcher Miguel Olivo was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for what was deemed an animated argument with an umpire last Saturday in Pittsburgh. He will serve his suspension today against the Minnesota Twins.
On a more somber note, one week from now, Royals shortstop Mike Aviles will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow. “Typically 9-12 months is the recovery time for an injury like this, we are going to be very cautious with Mike, and make sure we do this the right way,” said Hillman.
Hochevar soaring to new heights
Many reporters were asking manager Trey Hillman what to make of all the fly ball outs by starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is primarily a ground ball specialist. “Yeah, their sure were a lot of fly ball outs last night, what can I say, he’s locating all his pitches better, is really what it is. It is very encouraging to see as a manager, he’s progressing and becoming more of a pitcher and less of a thrower, it happens at some point to most through maturity and development.”
How’s everyone doing?
If it was up to Jose Guillen, he would be in the starting line-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins, but it’s not and he isn’t. The good news is however, they both agree that in a pinch, Guillen’s services are available if need be. So look for a well rested Jose Guillen in the later innings of the game to help out if needed, if not he is expected to be ready to start tomorrow against Glen Perkins and the Twins (1:10 pm). Gil Meche had a very successful throwing session yesterday before the game, allaying any fears he or the coaching staff might have about his lack of velocity and consistency. He is on track and scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Minnesota. John Buck has been doing quite well with his rehab assignment, throwing the ball and batting without too much discomfort. “There have been no setbacks to this point, John is moving along very well,” says Hillman.
Coco to the D.L.
Add Coco Crisp to the list of Royals players who are currently on the Disabled List. The centerfielder went on the 15-day Disabled List today with a sore shoulder. Manager Trey Hillman said, “We are going to keep him out until that shoulder fully heals, he can take as much time as he needs.” In his place on the active roster will be Tug Hulett. “He’s a good ballplayer, he can be very versatile for us,” said Hillman.
John Buck has been up and throwing in the last couple of days, but that is about the extent to which he can participate in activities. His back is quite sore and is need of constant and consistent rest. Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow, and Sidney Ponson had another encouraging bullpen session.
Short Term Memory
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about the importance of forgetting a difficult loss like yesterday’s against the Cleveland Indians. “I would like in some form or another like to put the last five weeks out of my mind, you have to learn from your mistakes and move on,” Hillman said. He stated that being home and starting interleague play could be the spark this team needs to catapult them into a winning streak and propel them in the right direction. “It’s always nice to see other teams from around the league, I’m a baseball fan too, it should be a fun a homestand,” said the manager.
No Pessimism in this Clubhouse
Manager Trey Hillman has told us on numerous occasions this season that at no point will he ever give up on this team, nor will they as a club ever count themselves out. “Hey man, there is optimism in that clubhouse, it’s hard to play ball like this but you have to let it go,” Hillman said. “We have not lost hope, our confidence is high, and we are thankful every day for our jobs, the ballpark we play in and the city we play for,” exclaimed Hillman.
Alex Gordon has been doing two reps of ground ball drills, and has been taking light batting practice. He is also jogging on a consistent basis, but his lateral movement is being watched rigorously and evaluated daily.
Robinson Tejeda pitched last night for the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals and he is progressing nicely and is being monitored for reassignment.
Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow and there can be absolutely no movement in his elbow for up to one more week.
Sidney Ponson threw a promising bullpen session yesterday, and is scheduled for another in the coming days.
John Buck is felling much better then he had in past days, but is nowhere near being ready to put on a uniform for the Royals.
With all of these players, Hillman says, “There is not a set timetable for any of our injured players, as each day comes they get healthier and when they are ready to perform, we will let you know.”