Bubba Starling, one of the Royals’ top position prospects, is expected to return to the field this week at Class AA Northwest Arkansas after missing more than a week with a heel contusion, assistant general manager J.J. Picollo told The Star.
Starling, 23, last played on May 19. He is batting .195 with a .282 on-base percentage and four homers in 35 games in the Texas League.
Royals sign reliever to minor-league deal
The Royals have signed veteran left-hander Joe Beimel to a minor-league contract, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
Beimel, 39, posted a 3.99 ERA in 47 1/3 innings for the Seattle Mariners last season. He missed all of the 2012 season because of Tommy John surgery.
The signing comes after left-hander Brian Duensing, who was pitching at Class AAA Omaha, opted out of his minor-league contract earlier this month. Duensing has since signed with the Baltimore Orioles.