Royals designate RHP Philip Humber for assignment

The Kansas City Royals have designated pitcher Philip Humber for

assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for newly acquired

outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

The move was announced Wednesday. The Royals have 10 days to

trade, release or send Humber outright to the minors.

Humber went 2-1 for Kansas City last season with a 4.15 ERA in

eight games, including one start. He earned his first major league

win Aug. 25 with three scoreless innings of relief against


The 27-year-old right-hander also appeared in 21 games,

including 20 starts, for Triple-A Omaha in 2010, finishing 5-6 with

a 4.47 ERA.

Humber was selected No. 3 overall by the New York Mets in the

2004 amateur draft.