The Royals have designated pitcher Jason Frasor for assignment and have called up outfielder Paulo Orlando from AAA Omaha. The Royals have a banged up outfield that has seen minor injuries to Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain. Cain, in particular, was seen wincing in pain after sliding into home with the game-winning run on Sunday, and is out of the lineup tonight.
Frasor had a 1.54 ERA in 26 games this year, although a 4.03 FIP and an alarmingly high walk rate of 5.8 per-nine-innings. He had pitched just once since June 29. The 37-year old right-hander was acquired from the Rangers last summer for pitcher Spencer Patton and re-signed with the Royals last winter on a $1.25 million deal with a club option for 2016 and a $550,000 buyout. The Royals will be responsible for the remainder of the deal unless he is claimed off waivers or is traded. The Royals must expose Frasor to waivers for seven days, or they may trade him within the next ten days. If he is not claimed, he may be assigned to the minors, although he may refuse assignnment.
Orlando was hitting .287/.309/.395 in 32 games with AAA Omaha with 2 HR 10 RBI. In a previous stint with the Royals to fill in for the injured Alex Rios, he hit .241/.274/.384 with 1 HR 7 RBI in 32 games, with five triples.
The Royals also promoted infielder Cheslor Cuthbert from AAA Omaha to replace Mike Moustakas who was placed on bereavement leave to attend to a family emergency. The 22-year old was hitting .258/.318/.389 with 8 HR 33 RBI for Omaha and could become the fourteenth Nicaraguan-born player in Major League history.