Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 7/26/12
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...
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