Last week Royals GM Dayton Moore suggested Kile Ka'aihue would be called up "very soon" with the Scott Podsednik and Rick Ankiel trades creating roster spots.
Moore stayed true to his word bringing Ka'aihue up to Kansas City on Sunday. He had been down in AAA Omaha.
Ka'aihue was previously in the big leagues in May but only got a handful of at-bats.
It's not clear exactly what his role will be. There's DH, but then there's Jose Guillen. There's first base, but then there's Billy Butler. Yost said he'll do a little of both so he's apparently coming off of the bench to start.
"It’s a great opportunity, and I want to make the most of it," said Ka’aihue, a slugging first baseman who was batting .319 with a .463 on-base percentage, 24 home runs and 78 RBIs in 416 at-bats at Omaha. He was hitting .343 with 10 home runs in July there.
To clear a spot for Ka’aihue, the Royals placed reliever Robinson Tejeda on the 15-day disabled list because of a right biceps tendon strain.
Royals fans have been calling for this for some time. That's a big reason many wanted to see Guillen traded at the deadline because it would open up more opportunities for Ka'aihue.