There was a potentially interesting development today in Omaha. Brian Bannister made his scheduled…
Bannister recalled to Kansas City
Royals manager Trey Hillman over the weekend announced that Horacio Ramirez would make Wednesday's start, giving the Royals' other four starters an additional day of rest. Ramirez, however, has been roughed up in his 5.2 innings of work this season, so the chances looked good that the Royals might recall Bannister or Luke Hochevar to pitch instead.
The decision to recall Bannister may have been made after his start last Tuesday, when he blanked Round Rock over seven innings while striking out four batters and yielding just three hits. Including Sunday's shortened outing, Bannister is 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA for Omaha this season, but he has thrown nine straight scoreless innings over his last two outings. In 13 innings, Bannister has walked just one batter while striking out eight.
Hochevar, meanwhile, put together a stellar outing on Monday against Albuquerque, yielding just one run in eight innings pitched. On the season, the 25-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA.
Bannister spent the 2008 season with the Royals, making 32 starts while compiling a 9-16 record with a 5.76 ERA. In three major league seasons, Bannister has a career record of 23-26 with a 4.81 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 385.2 innings pitched. In five career starts against Cleveland, Bannister is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA, including a 2-1 mark in 2008.
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