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Less than four months after agreeing to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, right-handed reliever Nate Adcock has been designated for assignment by the team.
The move was announced Thursday, when Kansas City claimed third baseman/outfielder Edinson Rincon off unconditional release waivers from the San Diego Padres and optioned him to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
To make room on their 40-man roster, the Royals chose to designate Adcock for assignment. Kansas City now has 10 days to make a corresponding move: the Royals can return Adcock to the 40-man roster, place him on waivers, trade him or release him.
Adcock has struggled at Triple-A Omaha this season, going 3-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 10 games. The 25-year-old has given up 10 home runs this year while allowing a career-high 12.4 hits per nine innings.
Adcock has spent the majority of the last two seasons with the Storm Chasers. He was 8-6 with a 5.53 ERA in 2012, when he started 18 games and appeared in 19.
In seven seasons in the minor leagues, Adcock is 35-44 with a 4.61 ERA.
The former North Hardin standout has also had a few stints in the big leagues. In 36 games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Adcock posted a 1-4 record and a 3.79 ERA.
Adcock was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fifth round in 2006 and was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. His best season came in 2010 with Bradenton, the Pirates’ high Class-A affiliate, when Adcock went 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings.
Looking to add more depth to a young bullpen, the Royals selected Adcock in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings that December. Adcock made his major league debut in April 2011 after making the Royals’ opening day roster.
Just over a month later, Adcock made his first start against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 21, pitching five shutout innings in a 3-0 loss. But after making one more start, Adcock was moved to the bullpen and eventually was sent back to the minors.
This isn’t exactly the way the Royals or Adcock envisioned things going. Manager Ned Yost believed Adcock had what it took to eventually earn and keep a spot in their starting rotation but it never worked out.
Now, Adcock has to play the waiting game. He could get claimed by another team or wind up on one of the Royals’ minor league teams.
“I just have to wait and see what happens,” he said in a text message Thursday night. “It’s just a waiting process.”