KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 16: Jonathan Sanchez #57 starting pitcher of the Kansas City Royals walks to the dugout after pitching against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on July 16, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
#Royals recall LHP Ryan Verdugo & RHP Vin Mazzaro from Omaha.Verdugo will start tonight. (more)— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 17, 2012
To make room on their roster for Verdugo and Mazzaro, the Royals have designated left-hander Jonathan Sanchez for assignment and optioned outfielder Jason Bourgeois to Triple-A.
Club also designates LHP Jonathan Sanchez for assignment and options OF Jason Bourgeois to Omaha.#Royals— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 17, 2012
Verdugo, 25, will make the start, his major league debut, for the Royals tonight against the Seattle Mariners. The right-hander maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.58 and 1.284 over his 18 appearances, including 15 starts, for the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate.
Mazzaro has appeared in eight games, including six starts, for the Royals this season, posting an ERA and WHIP of 5.70 and 1.700 over his 30 innings.
The Royals acquired Sanchez, along with Verdugo, in the trade that sent Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants. To the dismay of Royals fans, said deal looks more and more lopsided by the day, as Sanchez is sporting an ERA and WHIP of 7.76 and 2.044, while Cabrera continues to mash for the Giants.
Bourgeois appeared in 19 games for the Royals this season. Over his 33 at-bats, the 30-year-old hit at a clip of .333/.389/.455 with three extra-base hits and eight runs scored.
How awful was the Sanchez/Cabrera trade?