Harvey activated from DL; Guiel has laser procedure
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Ken Harvey, who was out with a strained muscle in his left side, is back on the active roster. (Ed Zurga/AP)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Denny Bautista will make his first start for the Royals on Monday afternoon in Detroit.
Bautista, called up from Double-A Wichita on Sunday, will be the sixth member of the starting rotation. The Royals decided to finish the season with six starters instead of the usual five to save wear and tear on the arms of their young pitchers.
The 23-year-old Bautista was obtained from the Baltimore Orioles on June 21 in exchange for veteran reliever Jason Grimsley.
Monday's start will not be his Major League debut. He pitched in two games this season for the Orioles, giving up a total of six hits and eight runs in two innings against the New York Yankees.
"I'm going to pitch tomorrow but I don't feel nervous. I don't know why but I feel all right. I'm going to be OK," he said.
At 6-6 and 187 pounds, Bautista is able to throw hard if not always accurately. He was working on his command with Wichita.
Pitching for Double-A Bowie before the trade, he walked 33 batters in 62 2/3 innings. He improved that ratio for Wichita with 32 walks in 81 2/3 innings. For the two clubs combined, he had 145 strikeouts or an average of one per inning.
How's the fastball?
"It's still fast at 97 miles an hour," he said.
Bautista was 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 starts for Wichita after going 3-5 with a 4.74 ERA in 14 games for Bowie. So his progress was apparent.
He also throws a curve that breaks down sharply and a baffling changeup that he learned from his cousin, Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox, in the Dominican Republic.
"He's about the best of the big league pitchers so that's why he's a very good teacher for me," Bautista said.
The long and lean Bautista has been trying to gain weight.
"He's been on a nutrition program and he's already gained about 10 pounds since joining the organization," manager Tony Pena said.
Aaron Guiel / LF
Weight: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Laser procedure: Left fielder Aaron Guiel underwent a laser procedure in an effort to improve the vision in his left eye.
"He was examined and they went in and did an enhancement to try to improve the existing vision that he has in that eye," trainer Nick Swartz said.
The laser procedure was not as extensive as one that Guiel had earlier. Guiel will remain in Kansas City and be examined later this week. There's no timetable for his return.
Guiel went on the disabled list on May 13 after batting just .173 in 24 games. After returning from a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment on Aug. 11, he hit .133 in 18 games.
Affeldt bruised: Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt suffered a bruise in his left deltoid when struck by a batted ball during pregame practice on Sunday. He was unable to pitch and will be re-examined Monday.
On the way: The other three September callups, pitchers Chris George and Mike MacDougal and catcher Paul Phillips, are scheduled to join the Royals for the four-game series in Detroit.
George and Phillips have been with Omaha, MacDougal with Wichita.
What's that? On Saturday, the Royals ended their string of 30 consecutive singles when Dee Brown doubled.
But they had not had a home run since Calvin Pickering pounded one last Monday against the Tigers.
That is, until David DeJesus hit a two-run shot against Minnesota Twins starter Kyle Lohse in the third inning
DeJesus's drive hit over the "baggie" in right field at the Metrodome. It was his fourth.
While the Royals went without a homer for four straight games, their opponents banged five. However, the Royals won two of the four games.
Ken Harvey / DH
Weight: 240 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Harvey activated: First baseman Ken Harvey was taken off the disabled list Sunday but was not in the starting lineup.
"He's only taken batting practice once and I'd like him to take another day of BP," Pena said.
Harvey was out with a strained muscle in his left side.
The Royals still have 10 players on the disabled list: pitchers Miguel Asencio, Runelvys Hernandez, Kyle Snyder, Nate Field and Scott Sullivan; catchers Benito Santiago and Kelly Stinnett; first baseman Mike Sweeney; second baseman Tony Graffanino, and outfielder Juan Gonzalez.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.