The Royals signed pitcher Jake Brentz to a two-year deal and added him to the 40-man roster.
Brentz opened the 2022 season with Kansas City but pitched in only eight games while trying to play through injury. He went on the injured list at the end of April with a left flexor strain. After trying to come back without surgery, Brentz eventually had season-ending Tommy John surgery at the end of July. A typical recovery from Tommy John is one year, so Brentz could make rehab appearances in the second half of this season.
The #Royals signed reliever Jake Brentz to a two-year Major League deal today. He's rehabbing from Tommy John surgery that he had in late July last year.— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) March 16, 2023
It is fully guaranteed, per a source, and Brentz will make $850,000 in 2023 and $1.05 million in '24.
Anne Rogers writes about what’s next for Jackson Kowar after being optioned.
The Royals want and need Kowar to help them this year. The key to finding success, they believe, is unlocking his slider. In a meeting on Wednesday that included Kowar, manager Matt Quatraro, general manager J.J. Picollo, pitching coach Brian Sweeney, assistant pitching coach Zach Bove and director of pitching performance Paul Gibson, the message was clear. They reinforced Kowar’s progress with the slider and urged him to continue working on it....
“It seems like an insurmountable hill sometimes when you get optioned. Like, ‘Oh, here we go again, how am I going to get out of this?’ But there will be opportunities. The department’s been great about the messaging from top to bottom, and that’s all I can really ask for.”
Bobby Witt Jr. has been soaking up knowledge from his Team USA teammates.
There are a couple of factors that could explain his sharp dip in decision-making around that midway mark of the season.
The first reason is more universal: pitchers adjusted to Witt, and Witt took some time to make his own adjustment. By the time he did, it wasn’t enough to really push him back to those early-season runs-added marks.
The second reason could be contributed to an injury he suffered against the Rays on July 24th, and how Mike Matheny handled him during that timespan.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter writes about what fans can expect from Witt this year.
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