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Royals Claim Jai Miller Off Waivers From A's

The Royals today claimed outfielder Jai Miller on Outright Waivers from the Athletics and optioned him to Triple-A Omaha. To create a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the club transferred infielder Josh Fields to the 60-day Disabled List.

Miller, whose first name is pronounced ?Jay?, is a 25-year old outfielder who appeared in 10 games for Sacramento (AAA) in the A?s system this April. He was claimed by Oakland off waivers from the Florida Marlins on April 8. The 6-foot-3, 207 pound right-handed hitter and thrower had previously spent his entire career in the Marlins chain since being selected in the fourth round of the 2003 Draft. After appearing in one game for the Marlins on June 22, 2008, striking out in his only at bat, he spent the entire 2009 campaign at New Orleans (AAA) where he hit .289 with 24 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 52 RBI and 55 runs in 102 games.

Via Press Release


Jose Guillen Nearly Died From Blood Clots

Jose Guillen has had many injuries throughout his career, but nothing was as serious as blood clots.

?I almost died last year from blood clots in my legs,? he said. ?Both of my legs. I had to stay in St. Luke?s Hospital in Kansas City for 20 days (in the offseason) just lying in bed.

?My legs were so big, so swollen up. They were purple. I couldn?t even walk on them. I couldn?t feel my legs. That was right after my ankle surgery and the surgery on my lower back.

?I went to the hospital, and I was crying because I couldn?t feel my leg. I was thinking, ?What?s going on here???

Guillen said doctors likened his situation to that of former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who died 10 years ago from a blood clot less than a month after being paralyzed in a car crash.

Doctors put Guillen on medication that zapped his strength and muscle. He said his weight plummeted to 180 pounds. His activities were limited.

Via Kansas City Star


Royals Farm Report: Montgomery K's 13

Michael Montgomery followed up an excellent first start of 2010 on April 8th with a 13 strikeout performance on Tuesday for Single-A Wilmington. Montgomery gave up one earned run on two hits over seven innings without walking a batter.

Montgomery now has 19 strikeouts in 12 innings of work this season with a 0.75 ERA.

The southpaw Montgomery was selected 36th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft. He had a 2.25 ERA in high Single-A in 2009 while striking out 46 batters in 52 innings.

Via Christopher Reina/RealGM


Hochevar Hit By Comebacker

Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar pitched only four innings in his final spring training start after taking a comebacker off his left ankle on Friday.

The team announced that Hochevar has a bruised ankle.

"It's fine. I could have gone back out," said Hochevar. "We decided to stay on the safe side, come in and get some ice. ... No problems, no pain at all."

Via ESPN


Royals Obtain Mendoza From Texas For Cash Considerations

The Royals have acquired right-handed pitcher Luis Mendoza from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. Mendoza was added to the Royals? 40-man roster, putting the roster at 40, and is expected to join the club in Arlington tonight.

Mendoza, 26, made five relief appearances for the Rangers this spring, posting a 4.50 ERA in 14.0 innings, walking four and striking out six. He spent nearly the entire 2009 season with Oklahoma City (AAA), posting a 6-7 record with a 4.53 ERA in 25 games, including 18 starts.

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Mendoza, originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Boston in 2000, currently lives in Mexico City.

Via Press Release


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