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 Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.
Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.
Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.