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.
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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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