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KC Royals Option Johnny Giavotella To Omaha, Recall Francisco Pena


The KC Royals announced on Tuesday that infielder Johnny Giavotella has been optioned to Omaha. In his place, catcher Francisco Pena has been brought up from AAA.

While it’s not necessarily a huge surprise that Giavotella is being optioned, the Royals bringing up a catcher might seem like a bit of a surprise to some. Salvador Perez hasn’t been the healthiest lately and Brett Hayes doesn’t seem to be the most reliable backup for the star catcher.

According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star,

“Perez aggravated soreness in his right hand on Monday night. He is not expected to be available for the next few days, team officials say.”

Giavotella hasn’t impressed during his stints in the majors. He has mainly filled in for Omar Infante, who was placed on 15-day disabled list last week. Giavotella has played in nine games and only managed hitting .161. His biggest moment came when he hit a home run against Seattle, but other than that, Johnny hasn’t had much luck in Kansas City.

Pena, on the other hand, was hitting .240 while in Omaha. The other backup catcher, Hayes, has yet to have a hit with the Royals. Pena will likely be the starting catcher until Perez returns.

Pena will be in uniform tonight as the Royals take on the Chicago White Sox in game two of the series. Last night, the Royals botched a 5-0 lead and ended up losing 7-6. The Royals won the first series against the White Sox 2-1.

The Royals have Thursday off and will then fly out to Anaheim to take on the Angels for a three game series. Next week, the Royals return home to face the Astros, whom the Royals swept the first go around in Houston.

What are your thoughts on Johnny Giavotella being optioned and Francisco Pena being brought up to the big leagues?

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  • jimfetterolf

    Pena supposedly is a good defender, good arm, and has hit nine dingers in the PCL, so expected from the time he was signed. All Gio had to do was hit about .250 to get a chance to stay and couldn’t manage it. His defense did seem better, but not really good.

    • Leigh Oleszczak

      Completely agree with you. Gio has had several chances to prove himself and hasn’t impressed anyone.

      • jimfetterolf

        I’ve been rooting for him for years, but there’s something about the transition to the bigs that he just can’t master.

  • chief4ever

    No sense in not sending Moose with Johnny and bring up Paredes….Moore is blinded by the fact that he drafted Moose….no one is correct every time !!! Send him down…very disappointing decision by Dayton. Go Royals !

  • chief4ever

    Sorry, but Johnny is the definition of a AAAA ballplayer. Wish he was more, but he is not. “HIgh Emergency” back-up is his only way he will be up to the majors ever again. Go Royals !