The Royals have placed closer Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. To replace him on the roster they have purchased the contract of pitcher Brooks Pounders from AAA Omaha.
Davis had a 1.23 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings this year. His 19 saves were good for fifth in the league. Davis has been unreal the past three seasons with a 1.01 ERA in 168 2/3 innings since converting to a reliever for the Royals in 2014. He last pitched June 30, tossing a scoreless inning in getting a save against St. Louis. With Davis out, Kelvin Herrera will most likely get closer duties. Herrera has a 1.40 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings this year.
The right-handed Brooks Pounders had a 2.80 ERA in 64 1/3 innings for AAA Omaha this season. The California native struck out 10.9 hitters per-nine-innings working both as a starter and reliever. The Royals originally acquired Pounders from the Pittsburgh Pirates with Diego Goris for infielder Yamaico Navarro back in 2011. The 25-year old was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star this season, after working his way back from Tommy John surgery in
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated pitcher Tyler Olson for assignment. The Royals claimed Olson off waivers from the Yankees on June 14 but did not make an appearance with the team.