KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whatever is left in his tank at age 35, Carlos Pena is certainly anxious to expend it on behalf of the Royals.
"Oh, yes, I will give it all I can to help this team win and help this team get in the playoffs," said Pena, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday after the Royals had signed him to a minor-league deal a week earlier.
With the Royals, Pena, who once hit 46 homers for Tampa in a season, will be expected to provide a pinch-hitting threat off the bench and be an occasional spot starter to rest a regular.
And actually, Pena already has helped one playoff chase -- he played five games for the Storm Chasers, hit .333 with two homers and six RBIs, and helped Omaha make the post-season.
"I felt pretty good there," Pena said. "It was actually a good time. They were making a run for the playoffs and I did everything I could to help out and we were able to accomplish that goal and had a lot of fun doing it.
"Now I want to do it again."