NEW YORK _ The Royals moved to beef up their bullpen Friday before opening a three-game weekend series against the New York Yankees by recalling right-hander Jeff Fulchino from Class AAA Omaha.
The club cleared space for Fulchino by optioning right-handed starter Kyle Davies to Omaha.
The move appears designed primarily to add an arm to a bullpen operating short-handed because of Ron Mahay’s foot injury. Mahay hasn’t pitched since Aug. 6 but remains on the active roster.
Davies, 24, started Thursday’s 9-2 loss at Chicago and was deemed expendable in the short term because of Monday’s open date in the schedule. He is likely to return to the big-league club after making one start at Omaha.
Fulchino, 28, is making his second appearance with the Royals. He allowed seven runs and nine hits in six innings over five appearances from June 7-23. He was 3-4 with a 4.84 ERA in 25 games at Omaha.
Davies is 5-4 with a 4.71 ERA in 14 starts since his May 31 recall from Omaha.
Players optioned to the minors can’t be recalled for 10 days except when replacing a player placed on the disabled list.
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