Royals option out Louis Coleman, bring up Wilking Rodriguez
JUN 02, 2014 7:01p ET
ST. LOUIS -- The Royals have been waiting for right-hander Louis Coleman to find his groove since he started the season battling an injured middle finger on this throwing hand.
While manager Ned Yost said Coleman is healthy, Yost also said he is just not in command of his out pitch, the slider.
With a 6.27 ERA in 17 games, Coleman likely gave the Royals no choice but to make a move now -- Coleman was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday. The team selected the contract of right-hander Wilking Rodriguez from Omaha.
Rodriguez, 24, was signed as a minor-league free agent last fall. He spent the previous seven seasons in the Tampa Bay organization.
This season, Rodriguez had a 1.64 ERA with Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 11 appearances. He also had two shutout innings with Omaha.
"He's a kid with a good arm, good stuff," Yost said. "He's had some shoulder problems, but he's healthy now and we'll check him out."
As for Coleman, Yost said, "We just have to get him right. We need him to get his slider back. He's been part of our four behind Wade Davis and Greg Holland, but he's struggled and we had to relegate him to mop-up duty. He's too good for that."
The Royals also claimed right-hander Blake Wood off waivers from Cleveland. Wood, originally drafted by the Royals in 2006 in the third round, immediately was put on the 40-man roster. To make room, the Royals transferred Luke Hochevar to the 60-man.
The Royals also designated for assignment Justin Marks, a left-hander, to make room for Rodriguez.
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