To make room for Danny Duffy on the Double A Northwest Arkansas Naturals roster, 2009 first round pick Aaron Crow was demoted to High A Wilmington. Duffy, you’ll remember, took a hiatus before the season began due to personal issues, but posted a 2.38 ERA in two rookie league tune up starts and a start for Wilmington.■ Nathan Culp has gone to Triple-A Portland to make a spot start. (mysanantonio.com)
Crow has struggled all season for the Naturals, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 22 starts and producing a weak 90/59 K/BB ratio over 199.1 innings.
The Royals have a unique luxury in that of their high profile prospects, Crow is the only one who’s had many roadblocks in 2010. With the performances of Mike Montgomery, John Lamb, Edgar Osuna, Duffy, Chris Dwyer, Louis Coleman and more in the minor league pitching ranks, the Royals can afford to give Crow a chance to work things out at a lower level of competition – for now.
■ Mathis back (NewsOK.com)
Before their game at Anaheim on Saturday night, the Texas Rangers optioned Doug Mathis to the RedHawks. Mathis was sent down to make room for Rich Hardem who was activated from the disabled list to start Saturday
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Mathis made three one-inning, shutout appearances in his latest stint with Texas but hadn't pitched since July 24.