Broxton will be the setup man in Kansas City; Aaron Crow will go to the rotation

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When the Royals’ signing of Jonathan Broxton was announced this morning, the reaction of most people was “wait, isn’t the Kansas City bullpen kind of crowded already?”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  But it won’t be going forward because Dayton Moore was just on the radio and said that Joakim Soria will remain the closer, Broxton will set up and Aaron Crow will be moved into the rotation.

Which seems smart to me. Crow was a starter in college and in the minors and when you have a young guy with great stuff like his, you have to figure out if he can handle the bigger job.  His control is obviously the big questions — Crow walks a lot of guys — but if he can figure that out he could be a useful starter, and the Royals need a couple of those.

Of course, the scrap heap is filled with guys who had great stuff and bad control of whom it was said “if they can just figure that out,” so we’ll see.

Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery

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Per Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates’ director of sports medicine, starter Chad Kuhl underwent right elbow surgery on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. The Pirates should provide more details about the nature of the surgery and Kuhl’s timetable soon.

Kuhl, 26, has been out of action since late June with a strained right forearm. He had been on a throwing program but experienced a setback earlier this month.

This season, Kuhl made 16 starts, putting up a 4.55 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks across 85 innings.