Bannister Made Free Agent, Kendall & DeJesus Reinstated From DL

ROYALS REINSTATE CATCHER JASON KENDALL AND OUTFIELDER DAVID DEJESUS FROM 60-DAY D.L.

Pitcher Brian Bannister assigned outright to Omaha and elects free agency;

Pitcher Brian Anderson is designated for assignment

Kansas City, MO (November 10, 2010) – The Kansas City Royals have announced today that the club has reinstated catcher Jason Kendall and outfielder David DeJesus from the 60-day Disabled List. To make room on the Major League roster, right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister was assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha while right-handed pitcher Brian Anderson was designated for assignment. In lieu of accepting the assignment, Bannister chose to elect free agency.

Kendall, 36, batted .256 in 118 games for the Royals in 2010 before missing the final 31 contests with an extensive tear in his right rotator cuff that required surgery on September 24.

The 30-year-old DeJesus hit a career-high .318 in 91 games, missing the final two and a half months of the season after requiring surgery on his right thumb after a collision with the outfield wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22.

Bannister, 29, went 7-12 with a 6.34 ERA in 24 games, including 23 starts, for Kansas City in 2010, his fourth year in the organization after being acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on December 6, 2006.

The 28-year-old Anderson converted from an outfielder to a pitcher following Spring Training this season and combined to post a 0-0 record and 2.08 ERA (17.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 17 SO) in 14 outings for the Surprise Royals (R), Burlington Bees (A) and Omaha Royals (AAA). Anderson was signed to a one-year contract by the Royals as a free agent on December 23, 2009.


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