Brian Bannister Throws Two Scoreless Innings In Rehab Stint

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Brian Bannister Throws Two Scoreless Innings In Rehab Stint

Royals pitcher Brian Bannister went on the disabled list Aug. 8, which should've slated him for a return on Monday. Alas, he hasn't returned.

Instead, Bannister was pitching in AAA Omaha on a rehab stint. He threw two scoreless innings and 22 total pitches.

Royals manager Ned Yost previously suggested he could return in September, after a few rehab stints.

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Brian Bannister Is Third Royals Starting Pitcher To Go On Disabled List

The Royals made a move with Brian Bannister on Tuesday night after a 2-1 victory over the Indians . Bannister, who has been sidelined with rotator cuff tendinitis and displaced to the bullpen, was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The move is retroactive to Aug. 8 so he can return on Aug 23.

"He has some weakness in his shoulder due to the tendinitis, so we backed him off a start to see if we could build him back up," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

"He's been working real hard on all of the exercises that he does and he's actually starting to feel a little bit better," Yost added. "He threw a side today and he felt pretty good. We'll throw him a side again in a couple of days and evaluate then and decide from there."

His roster spot is being filled by AAA outfielder Jai Miller. He's coming in with 18 home runs, 57 RBIs and a .252 batting average. He joined the Royals back in April coming off of waivers from the A's.

Bannister was sent to the bullpen while he works on some mechanical issues.

Yost says Bannister could return in September, when the rosters expand, after a couple of minor league rehab stints.

With Bannister, Gil Meche and Luke Hochevar, the Royals have three starting pitchers on the DL.

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Royals P Brian Bannister's Bullpen Stint Continues, Will Miss Next Start

Last week Royals manager Ned Yost said that they were going to send starting pitcher Brian Bannister to the bullpen temporarily.

Yost said Bannister and pitching coach Bob McClure spotted flaws while studying video earlier in the week. The current plan calls for Bannister to miss one or two starts. Bryan Bullington will replace Bannister in the rotation.

"Bull deserves to start," Yost said. "He’s been up here twice, and he hasn’t gotten an opportunity to show what he can do. He put together great numbers down in Triple-A. We’ll give him an opportunity and see what happens."

And Bull deserves to start once again. The Royals will keep Bannister in the bullpen (for now) and Sunday's start against the Yankees will go to Bullington.

"He’s been throwing some good side sessions," Yost said. "We’re trying to make sure we get Banny in a spot mechanically where he can finish the month of September really strong. He’s working on mechanical issues so that he can not get out in front and finish those pitches with the strong downhill motion instead of getting underneath."

Bannister has struggled the last three months with his ERA moving closer to six.

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