by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals made some odd choices with their pitching staff before Sunday’s 6-4 loss against Cleveland. In the finale before the All-Star break, the Royals designated reliever J.C. Gutierrez for assignment to make room for Wade Davis’ return from paternity leave. Donnie Joseph, who had replaced Davis on the roster, was sent back to AAA Omaha in favor of fellow lefty Everett Teaford.
The whole series of moves seems strange.
J.C. Gutierrez has no minor league options left. By designating him to assignment, the Royals are exposing him to waivers—knowing that Gutierrez has been too effective to pass (3.38 ERA in 25 IP). Gutierrez has shown a career high 95 mph fastball this season. Manager Ned Yost told beat reporter Dick Kaegel, “Guty’s going to get picked up. I don’t see him getting through waivers with that arm.”
That begs the question why the Royals kept recently recalled Louis Coleman on the roster, when he has minor league options available rather than ex...