The KC Royals recalled lefty reliever Scott Alexander from AAA Omaha to replace Chien-Ming Wang. Wang went to the 15-day disabled list after pitching two scoreless innings in KC’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Apparently, Wang injured himself on Tuesday night. That’s even more bad news from Tuesday’s 10-inning defeat to the New York Yankees. Kansas City Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain also admitted after the game that he’s been playing through a wrist injury the last two weeks.
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While 36-year-old Chien-Ming Wang has hardly been dominant with a 4.22 ERA in 53.1 innings for the KC Royals in 2016, he has been a useful bullpen innings eater. Royals manager Ned Yost typically deployed Wang when KC is trailing. As a result, Wang has compiled a perfect 6-0 record. He’s been good enough to help the Kansas City Royals steal a couple of late wins in 2016.
That’s not bad for a guy that hadn’t played in major-league baseball since 2013. Wang made the KC Royals roster coming out of spring training after spending 2014-15 in the minor-leagues.
Meanwhile, 27-year-old Scott Alexander brings another lefty arm to the Kansas City bullpen. He’s pitched for the Royals before, appearing in 6.0 innings in 2015 with a 4.50 ERA, and in 13.0 innings earlier this season for a 4.85 ERA.
Alexander has been toiling away in AAA Omaha hoping for a chance with the big club with a solid 3.00 ERA in 30.0 innings pitched with a 7.2 K/9. He’s hardly an overpowering guy with a fastball that averages in the 91-92 mph range, and a slider. His bread and butter pitch is the sinker, which he uses to keep the ball on the ground.