The Royals acquired Paulino for cash considerations from the Rockies and he joined the club in time for the Friday night game at Texas. In the Royals' 12-7 14-inning victory, Paulino held the Rangers to one single in 4 1/3 scoreless innings, walked none and struck out three. The extra-inning victory snapped the Royals' five-game losing skid.
Paulino's past numbers were unimpressive. He was 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in 18 bullpen appearances this season with the Rockies, who designated him for assignment Sunday. In four years in the majors, he had a 6-25 record with a 5.93 ERA.
Paulino, 27, spent the previous three seasons starting with the Astros before the Rockies moved him to the bullpen this year.
"He has three swing-and-miss pitches," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "His slider, changeup and two-seamer are all above average. We're looking at him as a guy who can improve. We like his arm."
If Paulino improves on his performance against the Rangers, he could move into the Kansas City rotation. That's a possibility Royals Yost is not ruling out.
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