The Kansas City Royals made a series of moves on Wednesday in an attempt to clear space on the 40-man roster. The club designated Omaha outfielder Peter O’Brien, as well as Christian Colon, who was an infielder on the 25-man roster. Right-handed pitchers Al Alburquerque and Seth Maness have been called up from Triple-A Omaha.
Christian Colon being designated for assignment likely implies that fans have seen him for the last time in a Royals jersey. Being DFA’d means within the next week, he can be traded or placed on waivers. If Colon clears waivers, he could be sent to the minor leagues. Although that’s a possibility, it’s highly unlikely, as most players end up finding another franchise to play for.
Colon was a postseason hero in 2015, recording the game-winning hit in game 5 of the World Series. Unfortunately, since then he has resided mostly on the bench. He has 3 hits in 17 at-bats while only appearing in seven games this season.
Pitcher Al Alburquerque signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent in January. The 30-year-old has previously pitched with the Tigers and the Angels. This season with the Omaha Stormchasers, he is 2-1 with two saves and a 2.63 ERA in 11 games.
A month after the signing of Alburquerque, righty Seth Maness also signed as a minor league free agent. He missed the last six weeks of 2016 with the St. Louis Cardinals after suffering an elbow injury. The 28-year-old reliever brandished a 1.50 ERA in three games for Omaha.