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Royals call up reliever Yohan Pino, option Brandon Finnegan

Royals relief pitcher Yohan Pino
Royals relief pitcher Yohan Pino The Kansas City Star

To bolster their exhausted bullpen, the Royals recalled right-hander Yohan Pino and optioned left-handed rookie Brandon Finnegan to Class AAA Omaha. Manager Ned Yost explained the team chose Pino over Michael Mariot, another pitcher on the 40-man roster, because Pino can throw multiple innings.

The team elected not to activate Kris Medlen, who is here with the team at U.S. Cellular Field. Medlen is expected to leave the disabled list on Monday. But he threw seven innings in a minor-league rehab outing on Wednesday, and the team wants to be cautious as he returns from his second Tommy John surgery.

"You don’t take chances with guys like that," Yost said before Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox.

The team needed an extra arm after Saturday’s 13-inning victory over Chicago. The two clubs had played a doubleheader the night before, and Yost had used every one of his relievers across these two days, except for Joe Blanton.

So Pino (0-2, 3.26 ERA) gets to spend a few days in the majors. The organization could option him back to the minors on Monday, when Medlen is activated. Or the club could hold off, and wait until Jason Vargas returns from the disabled list on Tuesday.

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