I’m not offended that the Dodgers had a little person in orange face dressed up like a leprechaun to sing the National Anthem before’s yesterday’s game with the Diamondbacks. But the way I see it, you gotta do one of two things here: either cut this kind of silly crap out and go with a taped, respectful orchestral performance of “The Star Spangled Banner,” or else you gotta stop making us stand up, take our hats off, put our beers down and pretend that this sort of thing is “honoring our nation.”
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.
Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.
The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.