In terms of impact roster moves, today (and maybe yesterday) has been extremely busy.
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.
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.
Felipe Paulino appears headed for Tommy John surgery…
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.
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.
It’s set. That’s it. No take backs, do overs, quitsies, or anti-quitsies. Triple stamped it, no erasies, touch blue make it true. (Dumb & Dumber, for the layperson)
The Royals have officially set their 2012 Opening Day 25-man roster. And aside from maybe one or two guys, it’s pretty much what we all should have expected it to be. So they’ll break camp with 13 hitters and 12 pitchers.
Catchers (2): Brayan Pena, Humberto Quintero
- C’mon… Did you really expect Cody Clark to make the team? Quintero is a proven catch and throw guy, who will give the Royals solid defense when he’s behind the plate 3-4 days a week.
Infielders (6): Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler, Chris Getz, Yuniesky Betancourt, Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas
- The demotion of Johnny Giavotella (and thus the presence of Chris Getz) was the only real surprise here. Yuni and Getz will share the 2B/Utility role until Gio earns another look. Other than that, after the Yuni signing, you could have pegged everyone else from the get go.
Outfielders (5): Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Jeff Francoeur, Jason Bourgeois, Mitch Maier
- The addition of the speedy and versatile Bourgeois made light-hitting Jarrod Dyson expendable. Bourgeois mashed lefties in 2011 (.395 AVG), and spent significant time at all 3 OF positions, as well as a few games at 2B. He also can play at 3B if needed.
- Lorenzo Cain has been off the charts this Spring, leading the league in what seems to be almost every offensive category. I don’t think we’ll see any loss of production from Melky to Zo in CF.
Starters (5): Bruce Chen-L, Luke Hochevar-R, Jonathan Sanchez-L, Luis Mendoza-R, Danny Duffy-L
- Flip Paulino going to the DL really set up the rotation. If it weren’t for his injury, Duffy would have most likely been reassigned to Triple A.
- Luis Mendoza has arguably been the best pitcher in baseball this Spring, essentially forcing the Royals to give him a spot in the rotation.
Bullpen (7): Greg Holland-R, Jonathan Broxton-R, Jose Mijares-L, Aaron Crow-R, Tim Collins- L, Everett Teaford-L, Kelvin Herrera-R
- Once again, Paulino’s injury helped someone else make the roster: Everett Teaford. By all accounts, Teaford earned his spot on the team, but without Paulino or Mendoza in the bullpen, Teaford becomes the long reliever / spot-starter.
- Kelvin Herrera was the true dark horse here. Louis Coleman had the job locked down until he allowed runs in 5 of his last 6 appearances, basically handing the job over to Herrera. Kelvin has been dominant so far, even earning himself 2 Saves this Spring.
Disabled List (5): Salvador Perez (60 day), Manny Pina (60 day), Joakim Soria (IR), Felipe Paulino (15 day), Blake Wood (15 day)
- How disappointing… The loss of Sal Perez stings the most. Given the severity of his injury, he most likely won’t be able to return to the team until after the All-Star break.
- Losing Soria, although it may appear huge on the surface, doesn’t really affect the Royals as much as people may think. Yes, he is a proven performer, but he plays a position that is way overvalued. He got knocked around in ST, looking an awful lot like he did at the beginning of 2011.
And incase you’re wondering where everyone else who was left in camp went, here you go:
Reassigned to Triple A Omaha (2): Louis Coleman-R, Jeremy Jeffress-R
Reassigned to Minor League Camp (4): Tommy Hottovy-L, Francisely Bueno-L, Max Ramirez-C, Kevin Kouzmanoff-3B
This flurry of moves leaves the Royals with 26 healthy players in camp. But you can only break Spring Training with 25 players on your active roster, so one guy has to go. And that man is…
SOS is out of minor league options. So in order for the Royals to rid him for good, they’ll have to place him on waivers, meaning any other team can claim him for themselves. O’Sullivan will be the starter for tonight’s game against the White Sox, basically auditioning for any team who might think about claiming him.
Surprises from Surprise
- Chris Getz/Yuni combo over Johnny Giavotella
- Kelvin Herrera over Louis Coleman