Maness cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Friday. Maness was DFA'd by the Royals on Saturday, and will head to Omaha after clearing waivers. The 28-year-old has appeared in eight games at the major-league level this season, posting a 3.72 ERA while giving up 16 hits in 9.2 innings. Without pitching in any high-leverage situations for the team this year, it appears as though Maness will spend the foreseeable future in the minors, barring a series of injuries.
Maness was designated for assignment Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Luke Farrell, who is pitching the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the team DFA'd Maness prior to the first pitch. In just eight appearances with the big-league team in 2017, Maness recorded a 3.72 ERA with a 1.86 WHIP and just four strikeouts.
Maness was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. A spot was needed for Jake Junis and Maness was the roster casualty, which makes sense given his lackluster performance through eight appearances so far this season. Maness, once a mainstay in the Cardinals' bullpen, has given up 16 hits (including three homers) in 9.2 low-leverage innings with the Royals since returning from elbow surgery.
Maness gave up a run on four hits (one home run) over an inning of work in Wednesday's loss to Detroit. Maness' single frame would have been a disaster if not for a double play just before Alex Avila's homer. The long ball was followed up by a double and a single before a flyout ended the inning. The 28-year-old right-hander has been ineffective this year in his low-leverage relief role. Maness owns a 4.32 ERA and 1.92 WHIP through seven games in 2017.
Maness' contract was selected by the Royals on Wednesday. As expected, Maness is headed up to the majors. Maness has proven to be a solid bullpen option as he owns a career ERA and WHIP of 3.19 and 1.26, respectively. However, Maness isn't one to pile up strikeouts, as he's yet to own a K/9 above 6.54 in his career.
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