As expected, relievers Wade Davis and Louis Coleman will rejoin the team after they were temporarily sent to High-A Wilmington last week. In addition, second baseman Johnny Giavotella, left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph, utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco, and newly acquired first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Pena will join the team for tonight’s match-up against the Seattle Mariners.
Davis, Coleman, and Joseph will even more arms to the talented and deep bullpen, while Giavotella and Ciriac0 will stretch out the bench a bit.
Carlos Pena will most likely be used as a late inning left-handed power bat off the bench. The extended bench should allow for more pinch hitting by players like Pena for some of the lighter hitting bats in the Royals line-up in tight games.
Since Pena and Ciriaco have to be added to the 40-man roster, the Royals had to do a little roster maneuvering. Again, according to Dutton, Noel Arguelles was moved to the 60-day DL and Edison Rincon, an infielder in AA Northwest Arkansas, was designated for assignment..
Davis and Coleman had just been sent down in a roster juggle late last week, knowing they would be recalled very soon.
These additions should give manager Ned Yost a little the freedom to use his roster more aggressively down the stretch. The Royals recent hot streak has pulled them within 4.5 games of the second wild card playoff berth. The Royals are still in the playoff chase, albeit on the outside. Whatever roster depth and flexibility is available can help the team make one more hard run for that elusive postseason berth.