In Game 3 last night, Royals manager Ned Yost allowed Kelvin Herrera to bat for himself in the top of the seventh inning even after Jarrod Dyson reached on a two-out single. It was an interesting choice with a one-run lead. At the very least, Yost could have had Dyson try to steal second base and bring up a pinch-hitter if he was successful. If Dyson was thrown out, the inning would be over and a pinch-hitter could lead off the top of the eighth. The Giants had some lefty bats due up in the bottom of the seventh, so it was worth a shot. But Yost said after the game that he had no intention of doing that. In fact, he was hoping that Dyson never got on base to begin with. Really.
Yost was apparently content with three runs and was going to rely on his bullpen to protect a one-run lead. Fortunately for him, they continue to make him look good.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.