Almonte (shoulder) ended 2017 minor-league season with a 1.72 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 16 games (47 innings) with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. The prospect appeared in two games for the Royals before his season ended prematurely due to a shoulder injury. During his time at Double-A, Almonte managed a career-high 10.9 K/9 while displaying much better control (1.9 BB/9) than in previous years. The sample size was small, though, and the 24-year-old's numbers regressed upon reaching Triple-A, suggesting Almonte might need more polishing than once thought.
Almonte (shoulder) was recalled from Triple-A and placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain. While Almonte will be eligible to return in late September, a return seems unlikely given the nature of the injury. One of the top pitching prospects in the Royals' system, Almonte started this season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and worked his way to the big leagues, pitching an inning of work out of the bullpen on two different occasions for the Royals.
Almonte was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday. Brought aboard by the Royals for the weekend series with the Rangers while Neftali Feliz was on the paternity list, Almonte will report back to the minors with Feliz being reinstated on the active roster. Almonte, who didn't make an appearance out of the bullpen for the Royals over the weekend, could end up settling into a starting role with Omaha.
Almonte was recalled by the Royals on Friday to replace Neftali Feliz, who was placed on the paternity list. Feliz will only miss three days at the most, so Almonte will likely only be with the team through the weekend. The 24-year-old reliever allowed three earned runs in two appearances with the Royals earlier this season, but owns a minuscule 1.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 40.2 innings in the minors this year.
Almonte was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Almonte's demotion clears the way for Danny Duffy (oblique) to return from the 10-day disabled list ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday against the Mariners. During his latest stint with the Royals, Almonte made a lone appearance during one game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Twins, working around a hit and a walk to toss a scoreless inning.
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