The Great, The Awful, and the Meh…

In terms of impact roster moves, today (and maybe yesterday) has been extremely busy.

The Great

After tearing up Triple-A pitching during his rehad assignment, catcher Salvador Perez is finally off of the 60-day DL and back on the Royals active roster. The 22 year old  backstop tore cartilage in his left knee back in spring training. During his 12 games in Omaha, Salvy hit  for a cool .340 average while also catching nine innings in back-to-back games.

Salvador Perez returns.

The Royals have said that they may carry three catchers on their 25-man roster in order to ease Perez back into the starting role. But once Sal is completely ready to get back to catching nine innings five days a week, it’s anybody’s guess as to who of Brayan Pena and Humberto Quintero will be traded, waived, or released.

The tandem of Pena (38 games) and Quintero (42 games) have combined for a .253 batting average, a .263 OBP, 22 XBH, and 32 RBI while commiting 8 errors and throwing out 33% of base stealers.

The Awful

Felipe Paulino appears headed for Tommy John surgery…

Photo Credit: John Sleezer

I feel like I’ve typed the latter part of that sentence twice already this season. Not to mention reliever Blake Wood underwent the procedure as well.

Losing Paulino for the rest of the season is, in the least, a major blow to the Royals already hampered pitching staff. The news leaked today that Flip has a torn ulnar-colateral ligament in his right elbow and will seek a second opinion. But if Royals fans have learned anything from this season, it’s that a torn UCL means Tommy John surgery. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Paulino is no stranger to the DL, as he opened the season on it with a strained right forearm. He then was placed on the 15-day DL yet again two weeks ago due to a groin injury. In between his two previous stints on the DL however, Paulino was one of the more solid pitchers in baseball. In 7 starts, Flip was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 K’s in 37.2 IP.

So now the Royals are left with some questions to answer. Who is going to take Paulino’s spot on the roster/rotation? Why have four Royals pitchers (Soria, Wood, Duffy, and Paulino) torn their UCL’s this season?

Enter your Jake Odorizzi talk here.

The Meh…

This could really fall under the great news portion of this post, but in the grand scheme of things it has almost no effect on the team.

The Royals and Blue Jays pulled off a blockbuster deal on Wednesday.

KC shipped right-hander Sean O’Sullivan to Toronto in exchange for a bag with a “$” on it. No information has been given as to what the cash considerations are that are headed the Royals’ way, but odds are that it isn’t anything significant.

S.O.S. came over to KC in July of 2010 when the Angels shipped him and LHP Will Smith for 3B/2B Alberto Callaspo, who had hit a combined .293/.343/.426 with an even 100 XBH (68 doubles, 13 triples, 19 homers) over 317 games with the Royals.

During his time with the big league club, O’Sullivan was anything and everything but overwhelming. In 43 games (34 starts), Sean was a combined 5-12 with a 6.63 ERA. O’Sullivan had been doing so poorly this season that he was even removed from the starting rotation in Omaha. In 17 games this season (5 starts), he recorded a 5-4 record and a 6.75 ERA.

The Blue Jays have been struggling to keep their rotation healthy this season, seeing three starters hit the DL in the past week or so (including Kyle Drabek who is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery).

S.O.S. joins the list of former Royals greats who have made their way to Toronto after being given up on by the Royals. That list includes Kyle Davies, Jesse Chavez, Mark Teahen, Ruben Gotay, Shawn Camp, Aaron Laffey, and (yes, sadly) Jose Bautista.

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