For Pete's Sake

Royals fans say thank you to Christian Colon, who was designated for assignment

Kansas City Royals infielder Christian Colon acknowledged the fans during the World Series parade.
Kansas City Royals infielder Christian Colon acknowledged the fans during the World Series parade. along@kcstar.com

The Royals on Wednesday made a number of roster moves, and one involved a postseason hero from 2014 and 2015.

Right-handed pitchers Al Alburquerque and Seth Maness were selected from Class AAA Omaha. Pitcher Jakob Junis was optioned to Omaha, while first baseman Peter O’Brien was designated for assignment.

Infielder Christian Colon also was designated for assignment, which means within the next seven days, he will can be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers. If Colon clears waivers, he could be sent to the minor leagues. But more often than not, when a player is designated for assignment, he ends up with another franchise.

Royals players Danny Duffy and Christian Colon hugged fans who stopped by Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to mourn Yordano Ventura's death.

Colon has a special place in Royals history. He had an RBI single and scored the winning-run in the epic 2014 Wild Card Game victory over Oakland. Colon also had an RBI single that gave the Royals the lead in extra innings of their World Series-clinching win over the New York Mets in 2015.

Royals fans took to social media to show their appreciation for Colon.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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