The Royals have reinstated veteran reliever Wade Davis from the 10-day injured list, the team announced. In a corresponding move, right-hander Anthony Swarzak has been designated for assignment.
A right forearm strain sent Davis to the IL on June 30, continuing what has been another tough season for the 35-year-old. After a pair of dismal, injury-plagued seasons with the Rockies, Davis signed a minor league deal with the Royals, looking to revive his career at the site of his 2014-16 glory days.
However, Davis has struggled to an 8.06 ERA over 25 2/3 innings out of the K.C. bullpen, surrendering an ungainly seven home runs over that limited sample size. With the Royals falling out of contention and more likely to want to look at younger pitchers down the stretch, it remains to be seen whether or not Davis will continue on the roster, though the organization could very well give some extra leeway to such a respected pitcher in the franchise’s history.
Swarzak also caught on with the Royals on a minors deal back in May, after the Diamondbacks released the righty from an earlier minor league contract in April. After not pitching during the 2020 season, Swarzak has had a rocky return to the mound, with a 9.49 ERA over 12 1/3 combined innings with Arizona and Kansas City.
Past time for the Royals to DFA Wade Davis
How on earth is Wade Davis still employed? Royals need to let go of the past. The guy has been done for 2+ years.
Just cut them both.
Both are toast.
Davis has almost 2 weeks to trick another team into acquiring him. The Royals are hoping he can put up some 0’s in his next 4 or 5 appearances.