Four weeks after landing on the disabled list because of a hamstring strain, left-handed reliever Scott Alexander could be nearing a return to the Royals’ bullpen.
After logging a scoreless appearance for Class AAA Omaha against Nashville on Tuesday afternoon, Alexander was slated to pitch again on Wednesday, his first outings on consecutive days since beginning a rehab assignment. The back-to-back threshold usually represents one of the final hurdles for a reliever returning to the major leagues following an injury.
“He pitched today,” Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday. “He’s slated to go on a back-to-back (Wednesday). He threw really good today — three weak ground balls. He’ll throw again tomorrow; then he should be almost there.”
Alexander, 27, was becoming a reliable member of the Royals’ bullpen before tweaking his hamstring during a cardio workout on May 8 in Tampa, Fla. He posted a 1.26 ERA in 14 1/3 innings across 10 appearances. He also recorded eight strikeouts against four walks.
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In seven appearances for Omaha, he’s put up five scoreless appearances, allowing one run in an inning on May 26 and three runs in an inning on May 29.
A sixth-round pick in 2010, Alexander made his major-league debut in 2015. He recorded a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings for the Royals last season.