The Royals activated right-handed reliever Justin Grimm from the disabled list Tuesday, returning Trevor Oaks to Class AAA Omaha in a corresponding move.
Grimm, 29, has been on the disabled list since the end of April because of lower back stiffness. In his call back to the Royals — necessitated by Grimm being out of options — he reclaims a 21.86 ERA across seven innings. In a minor-league rehab stint, Grimm allowed 9 runs in 9 1/3 innings. He struck out 13.
Asked what Grimm’s role will be as he re-joins the bullpen, Royals manager Ned Yost said simply, “He’s a reliever.”
Oaks, 25, had a 7.45 ERA in three appearances with the Royals. The trip to Omaha figures to offer him a chance to start. Only one of his three games with the Royals came in a starting role.
Duda nearing rehab assignment
The rotation at first base could soon add another name.
Royals left-handed hitting Lucas Duda was taking throws and ground balls at first base before Tuesday’s game, the latest in his progression from right foot plantar fasciitis, which prompted a trip to the disabled list on May 14.
Yost said the expectation is Duda could begin a rehab stint this weekend.
“It’s still the running part that’s hampering him,” Yost said. “He’s doing pretty good around the bag defensively. Swinging the bat doesn’t hurt. It’s just the running part.”
In 37 games, Duda batted .256 with four homers and 19 RBIs.