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Royals bring back Blake Wood

The former Royals reliever has been claimed off waivers from Cleveland.


The Royals have brought back right-handed reliever Blake Wood, claiming him off waivers from Cleveland according to USA Today's Bob Nigthengale. Wood was a 3rd round draft pick by the Royals in 2006 out of Georgia Tech and pitched in 106 games for the Royals from 2010-2011. He suffered a torn UCL in 2012, and was non-tendered by the Royals that winter. He has pitched just seven big league innings since then.

Wood had a 2.16 ERA in 16.2 innings for Cleveland's AAA affiliate, with 23 strikeouts to 10 walks. He gave up five runs in 6.1 innings at the Major League level this year, with seven strikeouts and two walks.

In 127 Major League innings the 28 year old Wood has an ERA of 4.39 with 101 strikeouts and 64 walks. His best season was in 2011, when he posted a 3.75 ERA in 55 games for 0.7 rWAR.

Wood requires a 40 man roster spot and the Royals roster is full, but no corresponding roster move has yet been announced. It is unclear as to where Wood will be assigned, to the Major League club, or the minor leagues.