Francisley Bueno resided in limbo on Saturday afternoon, still stuck on the disabled list but in position to rejoin the Royals a day later.
Bueno, a 33-year-old left-handed reliever, missed more than a month with a bruised finger on his pitching hand. He had spent all of May on a rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Omaha.
But Bueno met the club Saturday morning in Toronto. He probably will claim Aaron Brooks’ roster spot. In a spot start, Brooks offered a disastrous performance, allowing seven runs and failing to complete the first inning in a 12-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
To make room for Brooks on the roster before the game, the team optioned infielder Jimmy Paredes back to Class AAA Omaha.
Bueno, a 33-year-old lefty, did not exactly shine in Omaha. He posted a 5.52 ERA in nine appearances. He did strike out 17 batters in 142/3 innings.
The team probably can use Bueno as a situational lefty. And they will need a left-handed reliever. Tim Collins threw three innings in Saturday’s blowout. He also has been ineffective for much of the season, still prone to walks, but unable to compensate with strikeouts.
Moose eligible to return
When a player is optioned to the minor leagues, the player must honor the option for 10 days before being eligible for recall (with exceptions made for maneuvers involving players on the disabled list). On Sunday, third baseman Mike Moustakas is eligible to rejoin his team.
Earlier this weekend, manager Ned Yost refused to speculate on when Moustakas will return. But he does keep tabs on his daily progress, which is a rarity for the manager. A three-hit game for Moustakas on Friday pushed his batting average to .355 with a .960 on-base plus slugging percentage in eight games.
During Moustakas’ absence, Danny Valencia has yet to take advantage of his opportunity. He missed five games with a sore hand. He went zero for eight in his first two games back here against the Blue Jays.