Paulo Orlando is back with the Royals.
The Royals recalled Orlando from Triple-A Omaha on Friday and placed outfielder Rosell Herrera on the paternity list in a corresponding move.
Orlando will join the Royals in Chicago, where the club opens a three-game series Friday against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star
Herrera is expected to return to the team on Sunday, manager Ned Yost said. He is in New Jersey with his wife.
Orlando, 32, has endured the worst big-league season of his career in 2018, batting just .177 and slugging .215 in 79 at-bats. He returned to Omaha last month and found much more success there. In the past 10 games with the Storm Chasers, Orlando is 14 for 37 (.378 average) with one home run and 5 RBI.
“Paulo’s had a bit of a struggle here. But two years ago, it was no fluke. He hit (.302), and he had (457) at-bats. That’s not a fluke,” Yost said, later adding, “His swing looks the same to me. You watch him in batting practice, and he consistently hits the ball harder than anybody. Line drive after hard line drive after hard line drive.
“He’s just battling and trying to catch up.”