Royals recall Sparkman, send Lively down to Omaha
Glenn Sparkman pitched for the Royals last week only because they were allowed a 26th man for their doubleheader with the Rays. He made the most of his spot start, earning his first big-league win as Kansas City won 8-2 to complete the doubleheader sweep.
And he was promptly returned to Triple-A Omaha.
But the Royals brought the right-hander back Monday, recalling him from the Storm Chasers. In a corresponding move, right-hander Ben Lively was optioned to Omaha.
Sparkman allowed only three hits over seven scoreless innings to beat AL East-leading Tampa Bay on May 1. He had made three relief appearances for the Royals in April, giving him a 1-1 mark with a 3.95 ERA in his four combined appearances.
Lively pitched in one game for Kansas City this season, allowing three runs while recording three outs.