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Royals call up Brian Flynn, demote Terrance Gore

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The Royals add another arm for the bullpen

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According to 810 WHB, the Royals will call up left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn before tonight's game in Cleveland against the Indians. The 26-year old former Wichita State pitcher had given up seven runs in 16 innings for a 3.94 ERA for AAA Omaha, mostly in relief. He had struck out 14 hitters while walking nine and actually has a reverse split this year, pitching better against right-handed hitters. Flynn missed nearly all of last year with a lat injury after being acquired from the Marlins with pitcher Reid Redman for pitcher Aaron Crow.

If he appears this weekend, Brian Flynn will make his Royals debut, but has pitched in the big leagues before, in parts of the 2013 and 2014 seasons with Miami. In 25 innings Major League innings, he has given up 24 runs, striking out 21 and walking 16. Flynn will be thirteenth pitcher on the staff, giving the Royals a short bench with just Drew Butera, Christian Colon, and Paulo Orlando. Some had speculated the Royals might call up left-handed reliever Brian Duensing, who has had better numbers for Omaha and can opt-out of his contract by May 15 if he is not in the big leagues. Flynn, however, is already on the 40-man roster and can be optioned back to the minors at any time.

After Wednesday's game, the Royals demoted outfielder Terrance Gore to AA Northwest Arkansas. Gore appeared in four games, three times as a pinch-runner. His only plate appearance came in Wednesday's blowout against Washington, where he struck out. The 24-year old hit .284/.367/.311 in 85 games for Northwest Arkansas last year.