Friday, October 21, 2005

Royals Claim Madritsch

The Royals made their second end-of-the-roster acquisition of the offseason on Friday, claiming Bobby Madritsch off waivers from Seattle. Madritsch has a serious pitching shoulder injury that will likely require surgery, so in all likelihood he will spend all of 2006 rehabbing.

Madritsch is already 29 and is dealing with a serious shoulder injury, so the move is a bit curious. But the Royals do have some 40-man roster flexibility, Madritsch is talented, and by golly, lots of Mariner fans sure love him.

In the end, the question comes down to this: is it better to have a rehabbing Madritsch or AAAA Shawn Camp, or D.J. Carrasco, or [insert scrub here]? I think we all know the answer to that question.

Thanks to David Pinto at Baseball Musings for his plug for my extensive coverage of the Royal pitching coach situation (!). Its a banner site hit day @ the Daily Lancer.


At 1:34 PM, Blogger SoonerRoyal said...

On the board, it was pointed out that Madritsch will start on the 60-day DL, so he won't count against the 40-man roster until he's ready. That makes this pickup much better.

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous kody said...

KC, What you guys dont know is what your getting from this guy behind the scenes. Hence Bavasi's comments. If you followed Bobby off the field you might not be so happy you are gettin this guy, becasue his workout ethic to get back is very light to say the least. It's only as heavy as a philly can get when it is rerolled ;)

At 2:24 PM, Blogger SoonerRoyal said...

I can't say most of our pitchers are in good shape. He'll fit in well.


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