When most of us were at lunch, things happened:

  • The Royals designated Justin Maxwell (again) and Pedro Ciriaco for assignment
  • They called up Christian Colon
  • They signed RAUL IBANEZ…..ten years too late.
  • And Bruce Chen and Yordano Ventura got called out for being cheap by a stripper.

Where are we?  New York?

Drafted as a shortstop, Colon has played 27 games at second, 12 at third and 33 at shortstop this year.  His call-up might well be a sign that the Royals’ infatuation with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner for Mike Moustakas is ending (as is there general infatuation with Moose) and certainly is an indication that they view Colon’s future as a utility infielder.  Hey, anytime you can use the number four overall pick on a utility infielder, you do it!

Ibanez?  Well, he’s hit home runs recently, just not this year and comments from the Royals seem to indicate they will use him in right, left (really?) and first.  Perhaps they will play Billy Butler at first and Ibanez at DH part of the time as it is possible the Royals just noticed Eric Hosmer’s on-base percentage.  I don’t know, gang.  Ibanez has been written off as ‘done’ at least three times in his career…..

The stripper?  I don’t care.  Does anyone really care?  Does anybody really know what time it is?