The Royals released Fillmyer on Tuesday.
Kansas City added right-handed reliever Yunior Marte to its 60-man roster pool as a replacement for Fillmyer. The 26-year-old had previously made 12 appearances (three starts) for the big club in 2019, posting an 8.06 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 22.1 innings.
Fillmyer will be a part of the Royals' 60-man player pool this season, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.
He was designated for assignment over the winter, but Fillmyer will still have a chance to pitch in the majors this season, likely in a low-leverage relief role.
Fillmyer cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
Fillmyer made three starts and nine relief appearances for the Royals last season but didn't have much success. His 8.06 ERA brought his career big-league ERA up to 5.07 in 104.2 total innings.
The Royals designated Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday.
Fillmyer was cast off the 40-man roster to make room for outfielder Alex Gordon, who re-signed with Kansas City on a one-year, $4 million contract. The 25-year-old righty worked as a swingman for the Royals last season, making 12 appearances (three starts) for the big club and accruing an 8.06 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 15:12 K:BB in 22.1 innings.
Fillmyer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
Fillmyer spent the early portions of the season bouncing between Triple-A Omaha and the majors. However, he was sidelined from late May to the middle of July with a shoulder injury. Healthy again, Fillmyer will likely close the season as bullpen depth for the big-league club.
Fillmyer (shoulder) was activated off the minor-league injured list Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Fillmyer had been dealing with a shoulder injury since late May. He's allowed 15 runs in 15 major-league innings this season and owns a 5.12 ERA in 32.1 frames for Triple-A Omaha.
Fillmyer (shoulder) is throwing live batting practice at extended spring training, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Fillymer was placed on the 7-day injured list at the end of May after suffering a right shoulder injury, and he's making solid progress toward a return. However, the Royals have yet to disclose a timetable for his return.
Fillmyer (undisclosed) was placed on the minor-league injury list Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Fillmyer last pitched for Triple-A Omaha on Monday and allowed five runs over four innings. He has a 6.12 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 31:16 K:BB through six starts. The specifics and severity of the injury are currently unclear.
Fillmyer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
Fillmyer's latest trip to Kansas City lasted just three days. He did not get into a game. A corresponding move has not yet been announced.
Fillmyer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
Fillmyer started three games and relieved in another for the Royals in April, allowing 15 runs in 15 innings with a poor 7:5 K:BB. He appears to be up as a reliever this time around, with third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez optioned in a corresponding move.
Fillmyer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
Fillmyer made three starts and one relief appearance for the Royals without much success, striking out just 9.7 percent of opposing hitters en route to a 9.00 ERA. Ben Lively will take his place on the roster.
Fillmyer (0-1) took the loss against the Yankees on Saturday by allowing six runs on seven hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Fillmyer served up four home runs Saturday and was chased from the contest after giving up four runs during the fourth inning. The 24-year-old has a 10.50 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and 7:5 K:BB over 12 innings and lines up to start versus the Angels next Friday.
Fillmyer didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 5-4 loss to the White Sox, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out two.
The right-hander wasn't particularly effective, throwing 51 of 79 pitches for strikes and beginning only half of the 22 batters he faced with first-pitch strikes. If Fillmyer remains in the rotation despite his 9.00 ERA, his next turn will come Saturday, on the road against the Yankees.
Manager Ned Yost confirmed that Fillmyer would remain the fifth member of the Kansas City rotation this week, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Fillmyer will make his next start Monday against the White Sox.
Yost had mentioned Scott Barlow and Glenn Sparkman as candidates to start the series opener, but he'll stick with Fillmyer for a second straight turn. The right-hander was unable to tame a red-hot Seattle lineup in his season debut last week, taking a no-decision while giving up five runs on six hits and two walks over three innings. Fillmyer doesn't make for a comfortable streaming option this week, even though he'll be lined up for a second turn Saturday in New York against the Yankees.
Fillmyer is an option to start Monday's game against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The Royals don't have any good options for the fifth starter's spot with Danny Duffy (shoulder) still a couple weeks away from joining the rotation. Fillmyer gave up five runs while recording nine outs in Wednesday's start against the Mariners. Glenn Sparkman and Scott Barlow are the other pitchers being considered for Monday's start.
Fillmyer didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Mariners, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks over three-plus innings while striking out two.
Making his first start of the season, Fillmyer was charged with runs in three of the four frames in which he pitched. He threw 41 of 75 pitches for strikes and generated only three swinging strikes, a performance in keeping with the mediocre K-rates he's posted throughout his minor-league career. If Fillmyer sticks in the rotation for now, he'll next take the mound Monday, on the road against the White Sox.
Fillmyer is listed as the Royals' probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.
Fillmyer was recalled from Triple-A Reno prior to Tuesday's 6-3 loss to Seattle, but since he wasn't needed as an emergency reliever for that contest, he'll step in as the Royals' No. 5 starter. The 24-year-old made 13 starts for Kansas City in 2018 but didn't make much of an impact in the fantasy realm, logging a 4.56 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 6.3 K/9 in those outings.
Fillmyer was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.
The Royals do not have an official starter for Wednesday's game against the Mariners, and Fillmyer may be the guy to fill that void. Assuming he is not needed out of the bullpen Tuesday, he seems like the favorite for that start. He would be pitching on five days' rest after giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks over four innings in his season debut for Omaha last week.
Fillmyer is included among the candidates to enter the rotation Wednesday against the Mariners when the Royals first require a fifth starter, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
When asked Sunday about whom the Royals might turn to for the final opening in the rotation, manager Ned Yost wouldn't commit to any pitcher, but suggested the start would likely fall to someone presently on the 40-man roster. Based on that criteria, Triple-A Omaha pitchers Fillmyer, Arnaldo Hernandez and Glenn Sparkman -- along with Scott Barlow, a current member of the big-league bullpen -- look like the top options to fill the void. If he gets the nod Wednesday, Fillmyer would be pitching on five days' rest after giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks over four innings in his season debut for Omaha last week.
The Royals optioned Fillmyer to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
The Royals intend to break camp with a three-man rotation since their schedule allows them to get by without a fourth and fifth starter until April 9 and 10, respectively. With that in mind, Fillmyer's demotion doesn't necessarily take him out of the mix for a rotation gig, though his odds of rejoining the big club may hinge on the health of Danny Duffy (shoulder), who isn't certain to be ready to pitch when a fourth starter is needed. Along with Fillmyer, Homer Bailey and Jorge Lopez are other candidates to fill out the rotation. Kansas City could also bring Fillmyer back in a long-relief role.
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