The Royals announced today that they have recalled infielder Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Omaha. In a corresponding roster move, the club has optioned outfielder Reymond Fuentes to Omaha. Calixte, 23, has played in seven games for the Storm Chasers this season, hitting his first Triple-A home run last night in a 5-3 loss to New Orleans. He was originally signed by KC as a non-drafted free agent on August 28, 2010 out of the Dominican Republic.
Alex Rodriguez belted the longest home run in the majors so far this season in the second inning and a game-tying two-run blast in the sixth on Friday night. The two home runs gave him 658 for his career, just two behind Willie Mays for fourth place on baseball's all-time home run list, and a potential court battle with the Yankees over a contractually-stipulated home run bonus.
The two home runs gave Rodriguez the team lead with four, he also leads in RBI with 10, and moved him close to his next controversy, the battle for the first of his $6M home run bonuses, which the Yankees have told him they have no intention of paying because of his 2014 suspension for PED violations.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Josh Hamilton this week for the first time in months, and he said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team.
Scioscia said he had dinner with Hamilton on Wednesday night when the Angels arrived in Houston for a series that began Friday night. It was the first time Scioscia had seen Hamilton since the slugger self-reported a relapse into substance abuse.
Scioscia said the former American League MVP is making progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.
The Royals announced today that they have placed closer Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain. In a corresponding move, the Royals recalled right-handed pitcher Yohan Pino from Triple-A Omaha. Pino, 31, tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with no walks and six strikeouts last Sunday in a 4-0 win at New Orleans. He signed a Major League contract with the Royals on December 15, 2014, after pitching last season in the Twins’ organization.