For reliever Peter Moylan, Wednesday included a round of golf, a couple slices of pizza and a relaxing night after throwing a scoreless inning in a day game at Class AAA Omaha.
He was all set to turn in and get a good night’s rest when the telephone rang. Omaha manager Brian Poldberg was calling with unexpected news. Moylan, a 37-year-old Australian and veteran of nine big-league seasons, was heading back to the major leagues. He had a 6:20 a.m. flight to New York.
“My friends back home have started calling me the old man,” said Moylan, who was born in Attadale, Western Australia. “I just won’t go away. Which is cool, but I’m exhausted right now.”
Moylan, who employs a right-handed submarine style, will pitch in relief after starters Chris Young and Kris Medlen went on the disabled list Thursday. He is the latest native of Australia to play for the Royals, joining Liam Hendriks, Justin Huber and Graeme Lloyd.
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The Royals also recalled left-hander Scott Alexander.
A nonroster invitee to spring training, Moylan struggled to find his release point during the early weeks of camp in March. He was not in position to make the big-league club, and he re-signed a minor-league deal after exercising an opt-out near the end of spring training. Yet something clicked during his first month at Omaha, Moylan said. He recorded a 0.71 ERA and five saves in 12 2/3 innings over 12 appearances.
“I found a comfortable release point for those last few outings of spring,” said Moylan, who is a longtime friend of Medlen from their time in Atlanta. “I knew that I could go into the season and still do the same sort of thing. And I managed to have a bit of success down there. Next thing you know, I’m here.”
Zimmer makes second appearance at Wilmington
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer continued his stint at Class A Wilmington on Thursday, allowing one run on one hit and two walks in three innings pitched. It was Zimmer’s second appearance for the Blue Rocks since departing extended spring training.
Zimmer, the Royals’ top pitching prospect, had his season delayed after a shoulder issue surfaced in the final weeks of spring. In two appearances at Wilmington, Zimmer has allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking four.
Zimmer is expected to build up his innings at Wilmington before moving on to an assignment at a higher minor-league level.