Herrera has been struggling mightily with the long ball, giving up 8 home runs in his 20.1 innings in 2013 after only surrendering 4 total in all of 2012 in 84.1 innings. This demotion may be just for Herrera to gain back his confidence and to rediscover his location. In his 20.1 innings thus far, Herrera has struck out 24 batters, so not is all lost.
Louis Coleman, who has 110.2 innings of major league experience with a 3.25 ERA, has been brilliant thus far in AAA. In 26.1 innings for the Storm Chasers, Coleman has compiled 1.03 ERA with a 1.101 WHIP. He has struck out 30 batters and only walked 9. He has given up 3 home runs himself.
In other team news, in the Royals announced lineup, Manager Ned Yost continues to befuddle folks everywhere by batting the hapless and punchless Chris Getz lead off for the second straight game. Jeff Francoeur will also start against the right handed Joe Blanton and bat 9th.
The Herrera demotion is only the second roster move this season. Last week, Jarrod Dyson was put on the DL for an injured ankle. The Royals could use several other changes but don’t hold your breath.