While Kyle Davies’ performance certainly justified the Royals’ decision to release him, the timing was curious. It wasn’t like he could do any harm while on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder.
Except apparently he could.
Davies was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication, the Kansas City Star reports. The Royals released Davies the next day to make room for catcher Salvador Perez on the 40-man roster.
Royals GM Dayton Moore denied knowing anything about the charges in advance of the decision to release the right-hander, saying he didn’t find out until Thursday afternoon. Davies, though, ackowledged the incident.
“I embarrassed myself and my family,” he said. “I made a foolish mistake. I’ll learn from it, and I’ll get past it.”
Davies was in Florida rehabbing a sore shoulder and wasn’t expected to rejoin the Royals until September. He was 1-9 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 starts for Kansas City this season.
The Boston Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they made to make room for him on the roster was a big one too: they designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup. At the moment the Red Sox have the second best offense in all of baseball despite Ramirez’s performance.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however and, long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.