After struggling badly this season, the Royals today sent Calvin Pickering down to AAA Omaha. Pickering was chosen over 2004 All-Star Ken Harvey as the Royals DH/1B. Pickering has shown more patience at the plate than Harvey and has great power. But so far this season, he's been completely overmatched. Pick has struck out 14 times in 27 AB's and has only 1 HR.
To replace him, the Royals promoted Matt Diaz from Omaha. Diaz is hitting .364 in Omaha with 4 HR and 16 RBI. His OBP of .426 and SLG of .709 is far better than Harvey's .393/.481.
Hopefully Diaz will be able to continue his hot hitting at the major league level providing the Royals some much needed offensive help.
Meanwhile, Harvey continues to toil in Omaha...