Needing a rested starter for their Friday night game against the Rangers, the Royals called up pitcher Steve Busby from their AAA affiliate in Omaha, where he’ll meet the team at Arlington Stadium in time for their 7:35 pm match-up against division-rival Texas.
Busby is currently 3-7 with a 5.45 ERA in 12 starts for Omaha this season, and though his numbers aren’t necessarily worthy of promotion, he represents the most well-rested starter currently on the Omaha roster, after last pitching on August 20th against Oklahoma City. Another draw for KC manager Whitey Herzog are his five years of major league experience with the parent club, where he went 22-14 in 1974 and hurled a pair of no-hitters in 1973 and 1974.
After making his emergency start tonight, Busby will fill the bullpen void left by struggling reliever Doug Bird, who was sent to Omaha to make room for Busby. Bird was 2-4 with one save and a 5.06 ERA in 23 games for the Royals this season; he will likely return to Kansas City when major league rosters are expanded to 40 players on September 1st.