Jun 6, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Wilking Rodriguez (68) delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees defeated the Royals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Donnie Joseph to KC, Wilking Rodriguez to AAA

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The Kansas City Royals made a bullpen move during their unscheduled off day on Monday, recalling left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph from AAA and demoting right-hander Wilking Rodriguez.

Joseph has long been considered a prospect as a lefty specialist since the Royals acquired him along with J.C. Sulbaran for closer Jonathan Broxton at the trade deadline July 31, 2012. Not only did the Broxton trade bring two prospects to the Royals, but it also led to the ascension of Greg Holland to the closer role.

Joseph, however, has not been able to stick in Kansas City despite multiple cups of coffee with the big club since his debut July 11, 2013. Joseph has yet to give up a run in 6 games and 5.2 innings pitched in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, Wilking Rodriguez gets sent back to Omaha after spending a week with the big club. The Royals signed Rodriguez as a minor-league free agent this offseason after he spent parts of 8 years in the Tampa Bay system. The 24-year-old Rodriguez signed with the Rays as an undrafted free-agent from Puerto Rico in 2007.

Rodriguez pitched 2.0 innings in his week in Kansas CIty, giving up 1 hit, 1 walk, and 0 earned runs with 1 strikeout. He made his major-league debut on June 3 by pitching a scoreless inning in the Royals 8-7 comeback victory over the Cardinals. He also pitched a scoreless inning against the Yankees on the June 6 series opener to keep Kansas City within 2 runs in a game they eventually lost 4-2.

Though he only lasted a week, the stint can only be considered successful for Rodriguez. In a week, he made his major-league debut, rung up his first strikeout, and pitched 2 scoreless innings. I’m sure he’ll get another crack at a major-league roster.

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