Royals claim minor-league reliever from Rockies

The Royals moved to bolster their pitching depth Friday afternoon by claiming left-hander Josh Newman on outright waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

Newman, 26, will report to Class AAA Omaha from Class AAA Colorado Springs. He compiled a 9.35 ERA earlier this season in eight relief appearances for the Rockies.

The Royals cleared space on their 40-man organizational roster by recalling right-hander Ryan Braun from Omaha and immediately placing him on the 60-day disabled list.

Braun, 27, has not pitched this season and underwent reconstructive elbow surgery on April 22. He made 35 big-league appearances in 2006-07 and compiled a 2-1 record and 6.66 ERA.

Newman is 16-9 with a 3.12 ERA in 150 career minor-league appearances over five seasons. He was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA this season in 20 games for Colorado Springs.

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