The Royals announced a series of roster changes this morning.The club brought back the left-handed pitcher Ryan Yarbrough Infielder recalled after being off 60-day injured list Samad Taylor From Triple A Omaha. Yarbrough will start this afternoon against the Guardians.In the corresponding movement, left-handed Amir Garrett Named as an outfielder Edward Olivarez He was placed in IL (retroactive to July 8) for 10 days with mild left oblique strain.
For Yarbrough, it will be the first starting lineup since a line drive from the first baseman’s bat hit the face. Ryan Noda Back in May. Yarbrough was out just over two months with injury. Even before the injury, Yarbrough had a difficult start to the season. The 31-year-old lefty has appeared in 10 games (three starts) for the Royals this season, pitching 26 1/3 innings with a 5.19 FIP and a 6.15 ERA, 28% worse than the league average. . For now, Yarbrough is on the ticket to return to the rotation, but the left-hander has bounced back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen throughout his career, appearing as a reliever in 75 of his 137 major league games. there is
Meanwhile, Taylor made his major league debut with the Royals earlier this season. Reaching 38 at-bats in the majors, Taylor has a .133/.270/.133 thrashline. His performance in Omaha has improved significantly to .306/.412/.460 in 308 at-bats.Taylor will now join Kansas City’s bench roster, which includes an infielder. Matt Duffy and an outfielder Diron Blanco. He will join the roster in place of Olivarez, who batted .242/.296/.410 within the club while playing primarily as a left fielder for the club.
Garrett’s tenure with the Royals will end after a season and a half, after the club acquired him from the Reds on a deal to send a left-handed pitcher. Mike Minor to Cincinnati. Garrett’s stay in Kansas City was fraught with difficulties. In 2022, the lefty posted a 4.96 ERA, 18% worse than the league average. Garrett’s FIP was solid at his 3.40, but during the 2022 season Garrett’s strikeout rate dropped from his 28.4% the year before to his 25%, and his walk percentage dropped from his 13.5%. Unsustainable rose to his 16.3%. His performance improved in 2023, posting a 3.33 ERA in 24 1/3 innings, but Garrett’s problems with free passes have only worsened as he walked a whopping 17.9% this season. ing.
The Royals now have one week to trade, waive or release Garrett. It’s doubtful Garrett will get much back in the trade, but some clubs show enough interest in signing the 31-year-old left-hander to see if they can fix his control issues, leaving the other half behind. It is possible that they are willing to accept. Garrett’s salary this season is $2.65 million.