The Royals on Friday recalled five players from Class AAA Omaha on the first day that Major League Baseball teams were allowed to expand their rosters from 25 players to as many as 40.
They also bolstered their pitching staff by claiming starter Sam Gaviglio off outright waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
The Royals said Gaviglio will join the team Saturday in Minneapolis. In a corresponding move, the Royals released right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz, who had been on the 60-day disabled list. Gaviglio, a right-hander, was 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) with Seattle this season.
The players recalled from Omaha are pitcher Andres Machado, infielder Raul Mondesi, catcher Cam Gallagher and outfielders Terrance Gore and Paulo Orlando.
Machado was added the Royals’ 40-man roster, and the team moved left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. The Royals also reinstated starting pitcher Trevor Cahill from the 10-day disabled list (right shoulder impingement syndrome).
One notable omission from the call ups is outfielder Jorge Soler, who has 22 home runs in 71 games for the Storm Chasers. It seems likely that Soler will be recalled after Omaha’s season ends Monday.
The four position players recalled on Friday all have spent time with the Royals this season.
Mondesi won the starting second base job out of spring training, but had a dreadful April when he batted .095 with one home run, two RBIs and five stolen bases. Orlando had a .147 batting average in 14 game in April. Gallagher hit .385 with one home run and five RBIs in five games. Gore appeared in two games and was caught stealing in his only attempt.