The Royals have recalled infielder Ramon Torres from AAA Omaha and reinstated left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from the disabled list, according to Kansas City Star reporter Rustin Dodd. To make room on the roster, the club sent down outfielder Billy Burns and pitcher Kevin McCarthy to Omaha.
The 24-year old Torres has had a career year for Omaha, hitting .327/.349/.445 with five home runs. He has struck out just 17 times in 221 plate appearances, the fourth-lowest strikeout rate among all minor leaguers in affiliated ball. The switch-hitting Dominican has struggled with the bat much of his career, but has impressed with his glove. He came on last year in the Dominican Winter League, hitting .306 in 41 games.
His presence on the roster may mean slumping shortstop Alcides Escobar may find some time on the bench. Escobar has played in 228 games in a row, setting a franchise record. However he has been awful at the plate this year, hitting .177/.201/.223, the worst OPS among qualified starters in baseball. He was recently demoted from the leadoff spot and with Whit Merrifield firmly establishing himself as a starter at second, it seems more likely Torres would replace Escobar on occasion in the lineup.
Left-handed reliever Scott Alexander also returns after missing a month due to a hamstring injury. The 27-year old had a 1.26 ERA in 14 1⁄3 innings with eight strikeouts and four walks this year, although lefties have hit him better than righties. Kevin McCarthy is sent down after not allowing a run in 6 1⁄3 innings of work and Billy Burns only saw action late in three games with the Royals.