The Royals have purchased the contract of infielder Wilson Betemit from Omaha. To make room, Bryan Bullington was optioned back to Omaha, returning the Royals bullpen to a more conventional 7-man construction.
Betemit was signed to a minor league contract before the season and has played all over the infield in Omaha, mostly at shortstop. The former prospect (#8 overall in Baseball America’s 2002 rankings) was hitting .265/.358/.407 in Omaha with 17 RBI.
Bullington joined the Royals on May 17 to add depth to the bullpen while Robinson Tejeda battled a minor calf injury. Kila Ka’aihue was optioned to make room for him at the time. Bullington gave up four runs in three innings during his brief trip in Kansas City, walking five in that span. He’ll likely return to the Omaha rotation and may be recalled if an injury occurs on the big league club.
Tejeda’s clearly recovered from his calf issue, as evidenced by his striking out the side against Colorado on Saturday.
Betemit is likely to serve as depth and defensive help while up with the club.