The Royals traded for Trevor Cahill and the Padre relievers trying to find an answer for that fifth spot in the rotation.
But so far, it hasn’t worked. The Kansas City Royals have lost eight of their last 10 games, and Cahill has struggled on the mound since coming to Kansas City.
It could be injury related as they placed him on the 10-day DL Thursday afternoon due to right shoulder impingement syndrome.
His last three starts have been short without productivity. He’s thrown 11 innings, walked nine and given up 10 runs. His ERA is 8.18.
Wednesday night was the worst of all three, giving up three runs in only 2 1/3 innings. He says it’s frustrating because if you get a lead like he was given you shouldn’t give it up as the starter.
"Your goal is to always go out there and put up a zero. Maybe I was trying too hard and tried to make a statement in the first and walked one or two guys, but I just wasn’t there today," he said.
"I thought he really labored today. I thought his last start was better than his first but he definitely labored," manager Ned Yost said.
Kevin McCarthy was recalled from Omaha to replace Cahill for now.
The Royals won’t be back here for a while. The boys in blue wrap up the I-70 Series Thursday night at Busch Stadium and continue this eight-game road trip Friday.
They are now a game behind Seattle for the second Wild Card spot while remaining four out of the AL Central thanks to Cleveland’s loss at home to Colorado.
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