June 16, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Omaha Storm Chasers
OMAHA, NE - Omaha Royals starter Anthony Lerew was today called up by the Kansas City Royals, as the parent club put Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Hochevar suffered the injury last Friday against the Reds. Lerew will make Hochevar's scheduled start Thursday against the Houston Astros. To make room for Lerew on the 40-man roster, Kansas City gave reliever John Parrish his unconditional release.
Lerew was 5-3 with a 2.84 ERA - 4th-best in the Pacific Coast League - in 14 appearances, including 11 starts for Omaha. In fact, in his 11 starts, the 27-year old right-hander was even better, posting a 5-2 record and a 2.12 ERA. In 73.0 Triple-A innings this season, he has yielded only three home runs. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder made three appearances (two starts) for Kansas City last September, going 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA. In his big league career, Lerew is 0-3 with a 6.69 in 14 outings, including five starts, for the Braves (2005-2007) and Royals (2009).
Hochevar is 5-4 with a 4.96 ERA in 13 starts with KC this year. Entering has last start Friday at Cincinnati, the 26-year old righty had posted a 3.19 ERA (11 ER in 31.0 IP) over his previous four outings. On Friday, he gave up four runs in 4.0 innings, before leaving due to the elbow injury. Kansas City manager Ned Yost expects Hochevar to only miss two starts.
Parrish was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in nine big league relief appearances. The 32-year old lefty last pitched for KC on April 24 and was placed on the D.L. on April 29 with left rotator cuff inflammation. He began a rehab assignment with Omaha last week, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three games, including two starts. But, he suffered a setback last Sunday in the ninth inning against Nashville.
The Omaha Royals are currently on an 18-day, 17-game road trip. The team won't be back in action at Rosenblatt Stadium until July 2, opening a brief, two-game homestand that concludes with the annual Omaha World-Herald Fireworks extravaganza on Saturday, July 3 at 6:35 p.m.
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