Danny Valencia returned to the Royals from the disabled list on Sunday morning, and with his return came the revival of the team’s platoon at third-base. Valencia will face "most" left-handed starting pitchers, manager Ned Yost said, including Mariners starter Roenis Elias in the series finale at Kauffman Stadium.
Valencia missed 19 games with a sprained left hand. He went 3-for-11 with a home run in three minor-league rehab games with Class AAA Omaha.
To make room on the roster, the Royals optioned reliever Louis Coleman to Omaha. The team had just recalled Coleman from the minors, but were disappointed with his lack of progress on the mound. Coleman allowed two hits, including a home run, and a walk in his one appearance against Detroit. The Royals found Coleman leaning on a four-seam fastball and a loopy breaking ball which did not confuse big-league hitters.
"We have too many guys in the bullpen, and we want him to go down there and work on some things," Yost said. "We want him to get his two-seamer going, and we want him to get his slider a little bit tighter."
Added Yost, "This bullpen was built for him to be in it. We need to get him right."
Thus Michael Mariot remains on the roster. He is likely to lose his spot when the team activates Bruce Chen on Tuesday.