01/07/11 10:30 AM EST
Former Royals righty Bannister headed to Japan
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Bannister has spent the past four years in the Royals' rotation, averaging 27 starts per season while going 35-49 with a 5.13 ERA.
In 2010, the former Mets seventh-round Draft pick struggled to a 7-12 record and a 6.34 ERA. He missed over a month late in the season with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, then struggled upon returning in September and found himself out of the rotation.
Bannister was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha in November.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.