KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Aaron Brooks is joining the Kansas City Royals pitching staff and Yohan Pino is going back to the minors.
Pino is optioned to Triple-A Omaha after going 5 1-3 innings Friday in a loss to Boston in his first big league start this season. He gave up six runs on 11 hits, four for extra bases, and a walk.
Brooks, a 25-year-old right-hander, is making his third stint with the Royals. He pitched a scoreless inning of relief May 15 against the New York Yankees in his only outing. He went 4-3 with a 3.42 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 71 innings with Omaha.
Brooks will be used in relief. Left-hander Danny Duffy will come off the disabled list and is to start Wednesday at Seattle.