The Royals have chosen Nate Eaton onto the large league roster, per a membership announcement. Maikel García was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to open an lively roster spot, whereas the crew transferred outfielder Edward Olivares from the 10-day to the 60-day injured checklist to create a spot on the 40-man roster.
Eaton is up for the second time this season, though this promotion needs to be extra lasting than his earlier stint. The 25-year-old was known as up as one in every of a swath of virus substitutes throughout the Royals street collection in Toronto. He collected two hits (together with his first MLB dwelling run) in 12 at-bats. As a delegated substitute, he was returned to the minors with out occupying a 40-man roster spot on the finish of the collection.
This time, Eaton’s promotion includes the extra typical contract choice. He’d now must cross by way of waivers for Kansas Metropolis to take away him from the 40-man, though it’s possible the retooling membership will give him a good leash for the stretch run. The previous Twenty first-rounder is having a breakout 12 months within the higher minors. He began the season comparatively slowly, hitting .271/.331/.400 by way of 37 video games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He however acquired a bump to Triple-A Omaha on the finish of Could, and he’s taken to the minors highest degree nicely. By 209 plate appearances there, Eaton is hitting .303/.373/.524 with 9 dwelling runs and stolen bases apiece.
Eaton would’ve been eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter, and Kansas Metropolis will give him a 40-man spot a pair months early to get a have a look at him down the stretch. He’s performed primarily third base and proper subject within the minors, with transient stints in left and middle subject. That little bit of defensive flexibility ought to give supervisor Mike Matheny a couple of prospects to get his bat into the lineup.
Olivares simply landed on the IL a couple of weeks in the past with a left quad pressure. It’s evidently a extreme damage, because the Royals fairly rapidly dominated him out for a pair months. He’ll be eligible to return 60 days from the time of his unique placement on July 22, however even a best-case situation would see him log round extra weeks of motion this 12 months. The righty-hitting outfielder has had a pleasant displaying in 36 video games this season, hitting .303/.358/.434 with a trio of longballs.