The Royals again are searching for solutions on how to jump start the career of left-handed prospect Mike Montgomery.
Privately hoping this spring that Montgomery might make a move toward making the 25-man roster, the Royals instead settled for sending Montgomery back to Triple-A Omaha. There, Montgomery was again just as inconsistent as he was last year.
Then the Royals reached the point two weeks ago when they felt a demotion back to Double-A Northwest Arkansas might be the best thing for Montgomery.
So far, it hasn't worked. Montgomery is 1-2 in three starts for the Naturals with an alarming 7.13 ERA.
"He's had a tough go of it," said Royals assistant general manager of player development J.J. Picollo. "We sent him there thinking it would give him a mental break. We thought he might get there and be able to relax a little more."
Montgomery took the demotion as well as can be expected.
"He was great about it, and he agreed with it," Picollo said. "It almost became a mutual s...