Jacob Barnes pitched for the Royals, that is certain. You may not remember it five years from now, but he has a line at Baseball Reference that proves he pitched in Kansas City.
But most likely it will be no more. The Royals designated the 29-year old right-hander for assignment today and activated catcher Salvador Perez and third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez from the 60-day injured list.
The Royals picked up Barnes off waivers from the Brewers in early August and he appeared in 15 games with the team. In 13 innings he struck out ten hitters and walked eleven with a 8.31 ERA with four home runs allowed, so he wasn’t particularly impressive in his short stint in Kansas City. In four MLB seasons, Barnes has pitched in 180 innings and has a 4.25 ERA, almost entirely with the Brewers.
Perez missed the entire season after injuring his elbow and getting Tommy John surgery. Gutierrez was placed on the injured list near the end of the season with a toe fracture. Today was the deadline for activating players on the injured list. The Royals’ 40-man roster is full, following these moves and the club declining the mutual option on Alex Gordon. The Royals may still need to move a few more players off the 40-man roster to make room for players they want to protect from the Rule 5 draft such as outfielders Blake Perkins, Nick Heath and Seuly Matias, and pitchers Foster Griffin, Grant Gavin, Carlos Hernandez, Gerson Garabito, and Yunior Marte.