Your prayers have been answered, Royals fans.
The Royals have announced that RHP Brandon Maurer will be optioned to AAA Omaha to continue to work on being a big league reliever. In the meantime, RHP Kevin McCarthy has been recalled and will be in uniform for Friday night’s game against LA.
This feels like the right move. Maurer has struggled mightily ever since he put on a Royals uniform. The Royals have too much invested in Maurer to flat out DFA him, but he can’t keep pitching in the big leagues either. The Royals have plenty of better options, and Maurer needs a serious overhaul if he’s ever going to be effective.
Kevin McCarthy should have made the Opening Day roster over Blaine Boyer, who is apparently still a Royal, but thankfully the Royals didn’t block him for long. McCarthy may never be a dominant set up man, but I think he can be an extremely effective reliever in the big leagues. Welcome back, K-Mac.