The Royals’ game against the Blue Jays on Monday night may be postponed due to ice puncturing the roof of the Rogers Centre. The Royals have had it up to here with ice, as a matter of fact.
As Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports, a chunk of ice flew off one of the Royals’ team buses into the windshield of their other bus. Shards of the broken windshield hit the driver and reliever Blaine Boyer had to grab the wheel. The driver turned out to be okay. Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto adds that the incident happened when the Royals were on their way into town from the airport last night.
The Royals are sure glad they reached out to Boyer in February, signing him to a minor league deal. Boyer made the Opening Day roster out of spring training and will earn a $1 million salary in the majors. He’s already been worth every penny and then some.
The Diamondbacks selected the contract of pitcher Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Reno ahead of Sunday’s game against the Mets. It marked Buchholz’s first major league start since April 11 last season (also against the Mets) when he was a member of the Phillies. Shortly after that start, he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass and he ended up not being able to pitch the rest of the season.
Buchholz signed a minor league deal with the Royals but he opted out of his contract at the beginning of this month. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal a few days later, needing depth with a depleted starting rotation. Buchholz made two starts for Reno before getting the call Sunday.
Buchholz, 33, pitched well on Sunday against the Mets, lasting five innings and limiting the opposition to a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. His only blemish was allowing a solo home run to Amed Rosario leading off the sixth. He was immediately relieved by T.J. McFarland afterwards.
It is not yet clear if Buchholz will get another turn through the D-Backs’ rotation.