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Kansas City Royals place pitchers Josh Staumont and Zack Greinke on the injured list

Kansas City Star 8/25/2022 Lynn Worthy, The Kansas City Star

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Josh Staumont landed on the injured list the day after he threw the longest outing of his career in the majors. And the hard throwing right-hander said the part that frustrated him wasn’t how he was handled, but that he just wants to be 100%.

Staumont landed on the 15-day IL with right biceps tendinitis on Wednesday after he took the loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Right-handed veteran starting pitcher Zack Greinke also landed on the IL with what the Royals termed “right forearm tightness,” an ailment that forced him to make an early exit from his most recent start on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Royals recalled right-handed relief pitcher Collin Snider and left-handed reliever Anthony Misiewicz.

Staumont pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowed three hits and three walks Tuesday. He left with the bases loaded and all three runners scored after he left the game.

Staumont referred to his IL stint as “just a little bit of a break.”

“It’s frustrating, super frustrating because you just want to be there and be 100%,” Staumont said. “It’s very rare to be 100% in this game, which everybody who plays long enough comes to realize.”

Staumont downplayed the significance of this IL stint coming on the heels of a career-high 42-pitch outing.

“Last night, I felt fine,” Staumont said. “I had no qualms about it. There was a pitch or two that just felt uncomfortable. And that’s just kind of how it goes. You reevaluate and you go in and you hope for the best. That frustratingly turned into a little IL stint. So it really had no impact on anything.”

Royals manager Mike Matheny had given both Luke Weaver and Staumont a heads up entering the night that they’d be leaned on to pitch more than they had in the past because the bullpen was short-handed.

Brad Keller, who recently been converted from the starting rotation to the bullpen, pitched twice in relief in a four-day period that included a multi-inning outing.

Right-hander Carlos Hernández pitched twice in the previous three days, including a multi-inning outing.

Dylan Coleman had pitched each of the previous two days, including an outing of more than one inning.

And left-hander Amir Garrett began serving a two-game suspension on Tuesday night for throwing a drink on a fan in the stands at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago earlier this month.

Staumont hadn’t pitched since he threw one inning last Thursday. He lauded Matheny for “transparency” and giving him a heads up before the game that he’d be pushed further than in recent outings.

“For us to throw 34 pitches. For us to throw 24 pitches compared to 44 pitches, you’re not any more or less sore the next day,” Staumont said. “It’s kind of like a little bit of an intensity thing. It’s a little bit of how often are you doing that type of thing. I had a ton of rest before coming into yesterday. It’s August. We’re all in throwing shape. Throwing isn’t going to hurt anything on a daily basis.

“My goal last night was to throw as much as I could knowing that our bullpen was a little thin. That’s just the nature of the game. Some days, we have everybody up. Some days we don’t. Knowing yesterday I was going to go and just give everything, I was just grateful for the opportunity to kind of get some innings in and throw.”

The Royals still have not named a starter for Saturday to replace Greinke’s spot in the rotation. Left-hander Kris Bubic will start Friday against the San Diego Padres after the day off on Thursday. Left-hander Daniel Lynch will start on Sunday.

Matheny said they’ve been following Greinke’s lead as far as his forearm issue.

“We’ve been kind of waiting, giving Zack the benefit of the doubt, mostly with time, as much time as possible,” Matheny said. “Is there a chance that you think this thing might clear itself up? Things weren’t pointing in that direction.”

The IL decision came down to Greinke not feeling like he’d be able to make the next start and the Royals needing to make a move to have enough available pitchers in the meantime.

Matheny expressed optimism that Greinke could be ready right after he serves the minimum time required on IL. Greinke won’t be eligible to return until Sept. 6.

Castro suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced on Wednesday afternoon that six Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, including Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Castro.

Castro, 19, a right-hander from the Dominican Republic signed a minor-league contract as a free agent in June. He is currently on the Dominican Summer League roster of the Kansas City Royals, has received a 60-game suspension without pay after testing positive for the synthetic steroid Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.

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