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The Royals announced that the club has reached agreements with infielder Wilson Betemit and catcher Brayan Pena on Major League contracts for 2011, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. In addition, the Royals announced that infielder Josh Fields will not be tendered a 2011 Major League contract.
The 29-year old Betemit batted .297 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 84 games after having his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha on May 25. The switch-hitter batted .265 in 29 games with Omaha. Betemit holds a .266 batting average in 600 Major League games since his debut with Atlanta in 2001.
Pena, 28, posted a .253 average in 60 games while serving as KC’s backup catcher in 2010. The switch-hitter batted .320 with 15 RBI over his final 28 games and was named A.L. Player of the Week for September 6-12. He holds a .253 lifetime average in 195 Major League games.
Fields, who turns 28 on December 14, missed most of 2010 after undergoing labral surgery on his right hip. He batted .306 (15-for-49) in 13 games after being activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 1. He was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on November 5, 2009.
The move to non-tender Fields places Kansas City’s 40-man Major League roster at 39.
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.
The Royals have returned right-handed pitcher Gil Meche and infielder Josh Fields from their respective rehab assignments and reinstated them from the 60-day Disabled List. In addition, the club has recalled catcher Lucas May from Omaha. To create space on the 40-man roster, the Royals have transferred right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar and outfielder David DeJesus to the 60-day D.L. Meche, Fields and May will be in uniform for tonight’s game. May will wear No. 22.
Meche, 31, has missed 86 games with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in nine starts for the Royals prior to being placed on the D.L. on May 29 (retroactive to May 26). Meche returns to the Majors in a relief capacity, where he made his final three rehab appearances for Omaha, allowing one run on two hits in 4.2 innings, striking out five.
The 27-year-old Fields is looking to make his Royals debut after being acquired with Chris Getz on November 5, 2009 from the White Sox for Mark Teahen. He underwent labral surgery on his right hip toward the tail end of Spring Training and was placed on the D.L. on March 28. Fields began a rehab assignment with Surprise on August 12 and went 4-for-10 with four RBI for the Royals’ rookie-level club before hitting .436 (17-for-39) with eight doubles and 9 RBI in 11 games for Northwest Arkansas (AA).
May, 25, was acquired by the Royals on July 28 from the Dodgers in the deal that sent outfielder Scott Podsednik to Los Angeles. The five-foot-11, 195-pounder is making his first appearance on a Major League active roster. May was hitting .275 (25-for-91) for Omaha with seven doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 24 games. In 104 games this season, he has combined to bat .283 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI, posting a .483 slugging percentage.
Hochevar is currently on a rehab assignment at Omaha. He has been sidelined since June 16 (retroactive to June 12) with a right elbow sprain. He is currently eligible for reinstatement.
DeJesus has missed the past 37 games with a right thumb sprain suffered on July 22 at Yankee Stadium. The outfielder is eligible to be reinstated on September 21.
Yesterday, Ned Yost mentioned that he would talk to GM Dayton Moore today about September call-ups. Naturally, that was the first question in today’s media session. Yost said that Moore is having conversations with minor league coaches and scouts about potential call-ups. Yost and Moore had a brief chat on the topic that centered around three immediate possible roster additions: reliever Gil Meche, infielder Josh Fields and catcher Lucas May.
Meche is here in KC already and will be activated tomorrow to fill a bullpen role. Fields also will likely be here after his rehab stint with NW Arkansas. He is healthy once again and swinging a hot bat for the Double-A Naturals (.429 entering today). Yost has heard the reports about Fields but wants to see it for his own eyes. As for May, Yost is not sure that it will happen tomorrow since May was hit by a pitch in last night’s game with Omaha. He believes in having three catchers and it would be a chance to evaluate May, who joined the organization in the Scott Podsednik trade last month. However, Yost hinted that duty would be limited for May as he also sees more playing time for Brayan Pena in September.
Yost does not expect a large number of call-ups. He doesn’t want to fill the bench with guys who are unlikely to play. Reporters asked about several prospects, including outfielder Jarrod Dyson and left-handed reliever Tim Collins. Yost said that Dyson wasn’t talked about in his brief conversation with Moore. While Yost would like to add a left-hander or two and stressed championship clubs have at least two in their bullpen, he downplayed talk of a Collins call-up as the lefty just turned 21 and is in his first month at Triple-A.
Wilson Betemit’s emergence has been a regular topic among reporters. Yost said that everybody is at a similar heightened skill level in the Majors and that the mental aspect is what separates most players. He does believe that players can have something click – he has seen it in his time with Atlanta and Milwaukee. Yost believes that something has clicked with Betemit, who did not have the right chance with his previous organizations. He sees Betemit’s eventual role as a super-utility player, similar to that of Willie Bloomquist.
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.
Fields to undergo surgery
Manager Trey Hillman told the media that infielder Josh Fields will undergo right labral hip surgery. He is likely out for the season at this point. The surgery will be performed by the same hip specialist that handled the surgeries for Alex Gordon and Alex Rodriguez.
Rick Ankiel left last night’s game with a slight pull of the right quad. Mitch Maier is in the lineup today and Ankiel is “probable” for a potential pinch hit appearance. The injury is considered day-to-day and not serious enough to send the outfielder to the D.L.
Second baseman Chris Getz is doing well and will start a rehab assignment on Monday in Omaha. The plan is for Getz to play three to four games with the O-Royals before returning to the Major League squad. He is eligible to return from the D.L. on Friday.
Joakim Soria pitched a season high 2.0 innings last night. His availability for Sunday’s game depends on the situation.
Josh Rupe worked out of a bases-loaded situation last night, then worked another scoreless frame. Hillman is pleased with Rupe’s progress and his aggressiveness on the mound.