The first bullpen domino has tumbled…
Colon was always a fringe guy in my mind. (Aren’t they all?) He wasn’t helped by a low strikeout rate and the fact he evolved into a fly ball pitcher the last couple of years. He was designated for assignment. That was a poorly spent $665,000. Based on the dollars, it seems surprising Luis Mendoza is still around.
Josh Rupe was signed by the Royals as a minor league free agent last November. He had thrown five scoreless innings for Omaha, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four. Rupe, like Colon, carries a low strikeout to walk ratio, but keeps the ball in the park.
This isn’t a bullpen fix, but something had to be done. This is a welcome change from last year where the team seemingly refused to address the bullpen issues by dipping into the minors. And the Royals are still carrying 13 pitchers.
In other news today, Alex Gordon was moved to Omaha to continue his rehab. He hit .235/.548/.412 in Wilmington. His lofty OBP is the result of nine walks and four HBP in 31 plate appearances. He had four base hits – three doubles. Hopefully, he’ll get an opportunity to swing the bat in Triple-A. He could return by the end of the month.