Alexander has allowed seven runs across 13 innings since being called up from Triple-A Omaha on May 12. Opponents haven't had much trouble getting baserunners when Alexander is on the mound, as batters have a .360 on-base percentage against him. Alexander has yet to appear in a game since June 5 after struggling mightily in his last three appearances, when he gave up five earned runs across three innings.
Alexander was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. The left-handed Alexander has spent the whole 2016 campaign at Triple-A to this point, allowing three earned runs over 14.0 innings of work out of the bullpen. He'll add a fresh arm to a bullpen that has been taxed of late thanks to short starts from Chris Young (forearm) and Kris Medlen (shoulder)--both of whom have since been placed on the disabled list.
Alexander was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City reports. Alexander got his first taste of major league action near the end of last season, making four appearances and allowing three earned runs on five hits over 6.0 cumulative innings. He'll start the year in Omaha for the second consecutive season after competing for a bullpen spot with the Royals throughout spring training.
The Royals announced Friday starting pitcher John Lamb was optioned to minor-league camp. They also reassigned starting pitcher Scott Alexander, pitcher Miguel Almonte, starting pitcher Christian Binford, pitcher Chris Dwyer, catcher Zane Evans, catcher Cam Gallagher and starting pitcher Sean Manaea to minor-league camp, per The Kansas City Star. Manaea and Almonte are among the team's top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America.
The Royals have sent three pitchers packing, including southpaw Justin Marks, who has been demoted to Triple-A Omaha. Righties Scott Alexander and Everett Teaford have been assigned to minor league camp. Teaford punched his ticket by giving up five earned runs on four hits and two walks in a loss to Cleveland on Thursday.