Royals recall Fillmyer, send Gutierrez back to Omaha

Heath Fillmyer made four appearances (three starts) for Kansas City earlier this season.
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The Kansas City Royals, in need of a fresh arm after extensive use of their bullpen this week, recalled right-hander Heath Fillmyer from the minors Friday.

Fillmyer was called up from Triple-A Omaha, replacing third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, who was optioned to the Storm Chasers.

Fillmyer appeared in four games, starting three, for the Royals earlier this season. He was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 15 innings.

Gutierrez made his major league debut during his call-up and played solid defense while holding his own at the plate. He batted .281 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 15 games (57 at-bats).