The Royals changed up their fifth outfielder Friday, recalling Reymond Fuentes from Class AAA Omaha and sending Terrance Gore back down to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.
Fuentes, 24, hit eight for 18, a .444 average, in his first six games for Omaha. He was acquired Nov. 20 for minor-league pitcher Kyle Bartsch.
Fuentes gives the Royals more options, manager Ned Yost said.
“Gore, his primary benefit to us is as a pinch runner,” Yost said. “Fuentes is a really good defender and can play all three (outfield positions).
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“We haven’t used a pinch runner all year. We needed more versatility.”
Gore, 23, was called up Wednesday after starting right fielder Alex Rios was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken bone in his left hand. Jarrod Dyson has started the Royals’ last two games in right field and Paulo Orlando was scheduled to start in right on Friday night against the A’s at Kauffman Stadium.
“We want to get a look at Orlando in right,” Yost said.
The days of moving Cain to right and bringing Dyson in to play center appear over.
“Cain is the best center fielder in baseball,” Yost said. “It’s that simple. We discuss these things for hours as a coaching staff. There’s not one of my coaches who recommends moving Cain out of center field. Not one of them.”