The Royals recalled infielder Cheslor Cuthbert from Class AAA Omaha on Friday, and sent down Dusty Coleman.
The move comes a day after Coleman struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of the Royals’ 4-3 loss at St. Louis on Thursday.
The Royals got an RBI triple from Omar Infante with no outs that closed the deficit to one. After Jarrod Dyson walked, Coleman stepped up and struck out. The Royals couldn’t get Infante home.
Coleman, who played at Wichita State, appeared in four games for the Royals and had five plate appearances without a hit. In his major-league debut against the Twins on July 3, Coleman was used as a pinch runner and made an unfortunate mistake.
Mike Moustakas lifted a flyball to right field and Coleman tagged up. But on his way to the plate, he inexplicably stopped and was thrown out trying to get back to third base.
Cuthbert has had more success in his limited appearances with the Royals.
In four games, he has hit .333 (five for 15) with a triple and two RBIs. He got starts at third base during an early July stretch when Moustakas was on bereavement leave. While most of his minor-league career has been spent at third base, Cuthbert also has played first and has a handful of games at second.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Cuthbert should get some playing opportunity.
“We’re looking to give Moose a day, (Eric) Hosmer a day, and it’s a little more offense,” Yost said. “He can play anywhere in a pinch.”
Yost said the Royals considered bringing back Christian Colon, who spent the first three months with the team before getting sent to Omaha, not as a demotion but to get more plate appearances. Colon is hitting .284 in 67 at-bats for the Storm Chasers.
“He’s coming, he’ll be back soon,” Yost said. “We still want to take advantage of him playing (every day).”