The Royals officially activated Alex Gordon from the disabled list, six weeks after he left the July 8 game against Tampa Bay with a strained groin. Gordon was hitting .279/.394/.457 before he was shelved. He is in the lineup hitting sixth tonight.
The Royals also called up several players from the minor leagues as rosters expanded today. The team announced the promotion of catcher Francisco Pena, infielders Cheslor Cuthbert and Christian Colon, outfielder Terrance Gore, and pitchers Miguel Almonte and Scott Alexander. Omaha continues play until September 7, and Northwest Arkansas could be in the playoffs until September 11, so more callups may be made when those teams are finished.
Francisco Pena was a September call up last season, and appeared in one game earlier this season, getting his only Major League at-bat. The 25-year old right-hander hit .251/.305/.430 with 13 HR 48 BI in 95 games for Omaha. Cheslor Cuthbert also saw action with the Royals earlier this year, getting in eight games. The 22-year old Nicaraguan hit .277/.339/.421 with 11 HR 51 RBI in 104 games for Omaha.
Christian Colon is a former first-rounder who scored the game winning run in the Wild Card game last year. The Royals sent him to Omaha this year to get more playing time and work on his defense. He hit .281/.353/.344 with 1 HR 17 RBI in 51 games with Omaha. Terrance Gore is a speedster who was on the post-season roster last year as a designated pinch runner. The 24-year old Gore hit .284/.367/.311 in 85 games with Northwest Arkansas with 39 steals in 41 attempts.
Miguel Almonte has never appeared in a Major League game. The 22-year old Dominican right-hander had a 4.51 ERA in 103.2 innings across AA and AAA with 8.3 strikeouts-per-nine-innings. He has a live arm that can throw in the mid-90s and is expected to pitch in the bullpen. Before the season he was named a Top 100 prospect in baseball by both MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus.
Scott Alexander is a 25-year old left-hander drafted in the sixth round in 2010 by the Royals. In 41 relief appearances for Omaha he had a 2.56 ERA with 14 saves. Lefties hit just .140/.229/.151 against him this season.
Alexander and Almonte need to be added to the 40-man roster, which had two vacant spots on it. The Royals also officially added Jonny Gomes to the roster, and transferred pitcher Jason Vargas to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him.