The KC Royals announced on Saturday that they have recalled pitcher Aaron Brooks and optioned infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes to Omaha. Brooks is replacing injured Yordano Ventura and will take the mound this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays in game three of a four-game series.
Brooks has briefly spent time in the majors, but has only had one major league appearance so far. He came into a game against Detroit earlier this month as a reliever. Brooks gave up six runs in two innings.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star says that Ventura is slated to only miss one game and should be good to go next time around. Let’s keep our fingers crossed on that.
As for Jimmy Paredes, he was recalled from AAA on May 22nd in place of a struggling Mike Moustakas. While Paredes hasn’t done a great job, he’s managed two hits and three runs. It was probably a good decision for the Royals to make, as Paredes isn’t making as much of an impact as he could be.
The Royals were humiliated earlier this week by getting swept by the Houston Astros. Getting swept was only the half of it, as the Astros blew out Kansas City two of the three nights.
On Thursday, the team announced some changes. Dale Sveum was named hitting coach and Mike Jirschele took over Sveum’s duties coaching third base. Pedro Grifol switched to coaching catchers.
Kansas City is on a two-game winning streak right now, both wins coming against the Blue Jays. The team prepares for game three this afternoon and it will be Brooks’ first major league start.
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