Royals designate Ciriaco for assignment, bring up Brooks

The Royals have 10 days to trade Pedro Ciriaco, waive him or release him.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals on Saturday selected the contract of right-hander Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha and designated for assignment middle infielder Pedro Ciriaco.

The Royals now will have 10 days to trade Ciriaco, waive him or release him. The Royals likely are hoping Ciriaco will eventually clear waivers so the team can outright him to Omaha.

"We’d like to keep him, certainly," general manager Dayton Moore said.

The roster move Saturday was geared toward adding another arm to a bullpen which has been missing right-hander Louis Coleman, who is on the disabled list.

Brooks likely will remain with the club until Coleman returns sometime within the next week. Coleman is scheduled to throw again today in Arizona and then possibly begin a rehab assignment in the minors.

"Ned wanted to get back to 12 pitchers," Moore said. "(Brooks) will give us that extra arm in the pen."

Brooks, 24, was Double-A Northwest Arkansas’ Pitcher of the Year in 2013.

The Royals now are without a backup middle infielder — that is how the Royals envisioned breaking camp anyway with the idea of carrying 12 pitchers.

Danny Valencia likely would be the backup second baseman to Omar Infante, and Infante likely would fill in at shortstop in emergency for Alcides Escobar.

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