CLEVELAND — Nate Adcock saw this coming early Monday evening after his quick exit forced the Royals to mine 58 pitches from Luis Mendoza in an 8-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
The bullpen merry-go-round took another spin after the game when the Royals optioned Adcock back to Class AAA Omaha in order to recall right-hander Vin Mazzaro from the same club to provide the relief corps with a fresh arm for long relief.
“It’s the carousel,” said Adcock, who has been recalled and optioned back to Omaha three times this season. “They need arms. They’ve got to save the bullpen. I understand that totally.
“You can’t wear these guys out, and I didn’t do my job, so that’s where I’m going.”
Mazzaro is back for the second time after pitching in two games, including one start, in a May 8-17 tour. He is 2-0 with a 4.40 ERA in eight starts at Omaha.
Club officials saw the need for a rested long reliever as necessary protection Tuesday night for rookie Will Smith, who is making just his second major-league start. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings last Wednesday in his major-league debut against the Yankees in New York.
Dyson back in lineup
Center fielder Jarrod Dyson returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game in Baltimore because of a right hamstring bruise suffered Saturday in a collision with left fielder Alex Gordon.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever be 100 percent,” Dyson said, “but I’m good enough.”
He was more than good enough to leg out a triple in the fifth inning on a grounder past first base into the right-field corner. Dyson then scored when Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis made a wild throw to third.
Butler is almost always just “Billy” to teammates and staff (and friends, too, for that matter). But for those who prefer to use a tag or a nickname, it was put to Butler: Which one does he like better – Country Breakfast or Big Bill?
“We’ll go with Big Bill,” he said.
Now you know.
Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt went one for five as the designated hitter Monday in the fourth game of his minor-league rehab assignment at Class AA Northwest Arkansas, which lost 9-6 to Frisco.
Betancourt is five for 15 since joining the Naturals as the final step in his recovery from a high right ankle sprain diagnosed after a May 1 loss in Detroit.
Plans call for him to get time at second base, shortstop and third base prior to returning to active duty as the Royals’ utility infielder. Betancourt was batting .280 with one homer and three RBIs in 15 games prior to his injury.
Lefty Jonathan Sánchez is scheduled for 75 pitches Tuesday night when he begins a rehab assignment at Class AAA Omaha. It will be his first formal game action – he pitched in extended spring training – since being diagnosed with biceps tendinitis following a May 7 loss to Boston.
Lefty Everett Teaford threw from a mound for the first time since a lower abdominal strain forced him to the disabled list on May 17. “It’s probably the best I’ve felt all year,” he said after his 25-pitch session. “I don’t look any better, but I feel good.”
Outfielder Wil Myers bounced back from a one-for-15 skid by going three for four with two doubles Monday in leading Omaha to a 6-3 victory at New Orleans
Myers is 14 for 43 overall (.326) with three homers and seven RBIs in 12 games since his promotion from Class AA Northwest Arkansas, where he batted .343 with 13 homers and 30 RBIs in 35 games.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi started for the Storm Chasers but exited after throwing 93 pitches in just four innings. He gave up two runs and six hits while striking out two and walking two.
It was 17 years ago – May 29, 1995 – that Gary Gaetti hit two homers in a 12-0 victory over Texas at Kauffman Stadium. Those two blasts boosted Gaetti’s total for that May to nine – one more than the previous club record by John Mayberry in 1973.
Gaetti went four for six with a double, two runs scored and six RBIs in addition to his two homers. He would finish the season with 35 homers, which ranks second in franchise history to the 36 hit by Steve Balboni in 1985.
The Indians made roster moves involving four players prior to the game. They designated pitcher Jairo Asencio for assignment, placed infielder Jack Hannahan (strained left calf) on the disabled list, activated pitcher Josh Tomlin (sore right wrist) from the disabled list and recalled infielder Lonnie Chisenhall from Class AAA Columbus.
Brayan Peña’s homer in the fifth inning was his first in 224 at-bats dating to May 29, 2011 at Texas.
Eric Hosmer’s homer in the second inning was his first in 105 at-bats dating to a three-run blast on April 25 here at Progressive Field against Ubaldo Jimenez.