Billy Burns was once a reliable source of cheap steals in fantasy leagues when he patrolled the outfield with Oakland in 2015 and the first half of 2016, but he has seen his playing time -- and fantasy value -- diminish greatly since his arrival to Kansas City. Burns appeared in only seven games for the Royals in 2017, instead spending the majority of his season with Triple-A Omaha. He posted a decent slash line of .285/.369/.328 and swiped 24 bags on the year with the top affiliate. With Lorenzo Cain out of the equation in Kansas City, Burns could conceivably jump into a major-league role in 2018, but even then, he'd be primarily a one-category play.
Burns was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. Burns' stay on the active roster was brief, as he pinch ran a couple times and went just 1-for-4 at the plate. With the Royals wanting more pitching depth in KC, the speedster will head back to the minors to allow Jake Junis to rejoin the big-league club. Burns could find his way back to the majors soon if the team's pitching situation improves or if another injury strikes the major-league outfield.
Burns was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports. Burns will assume Jorge Soler's spot on the active roster after the latter was optioned to Omaha in a corresponding move. Soler had difficultly finding at-bats behind the outfield triumvirate of Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jorge Bonifacio, and it's likely that the speedy Burns will run into a similar issue. He's expected to provide most of his usefulness as a pinch runner or late-inning defensive replacement.
Burns was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Burns came off the bench in three games during his first stint with the Royals this season, but with the team's outfield starters enjoying sound health, he wouldn't have been in line for regular at-bats anytime soon. The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres to fill Burns' spot on the active roster.
Burns was recalled from Triple-A Omaha prior to Saturday's game. The Royals need a versatile, speedy bench outfielder in the short term, and Burns fits the bill. He was hitting .246/.358/.275 with 13 stolen bases and zero home runs in 165 plate appearances with Omaha. Jorge Soler was sent down in a corresponding move.
Burns (thumb) was activated from the 7-day disabled list Sunday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Burns landed on the disabled list Tuesday after spraining his thumb during a game with Triple-A Omaha. He was able to recover quickly and will rejoin the fold in Omaha on Sunday. The speedy outfielder is currently sporting an 89 wRC+ with nine stolen bags through his first 29 minor-league contests.