Four weeks after landing on the disabled list because of a hamstring strain, left-handed reliever Scott Alexander could be nearing a return to the Royals’ bullpen.
After logging a scoreless appearance for Class AAA Omaha against Nashville on Tuesday afternoon, Alexander was slated to pitch again on Wednesday, his first outings on consecutive days since beginning a rehab assignment. The back-to-back threshold usually represents one of the final hurdles for a reliever returning to the major leagues following an injury.
“He pitched today,” Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday. “He’s slated to go on a back-to-back (Wednesday). He threw really good today — three weak ground balls. He’ll throw again tomorrow; then he should be almost there.”
Alexander, 27, was becoming a reliable member of the Royals’ bullpen before tweaking his hamstring during a cardio workout on May 8 in Tampa, Fla. He posted a 1.26 ERA in 14 1/3 innings across 10 appearances. He also recorded eight strikeouts against four walks.
In seven appearances for Omaha, he’s put up five scoreless appearances, allowing one run in an inning on May 26 and three runs in an inning on May 29.
A sixth-round pick in 2010, Alexander made his major-league debut in 2015. He recorded a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings for the Royals last season.