Naturals Roster Moves
Betancourt to begin rehab assignment
SPRINGDALE, AR – The Naturals’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals announced several transactions on Thursday affecting the Northwest Arkansas roster infielder Yuniesky Betancourt will begin his rehab assignment with the Naturals today. Left-hander Andrew Dobies was reinstated from the seven-day disabled list and released. Left-handed reliever Jon Keck was transferred from Class-A Advanced Wilmington to Northwest Arkansas.
Betancourt last appeared in a game for the Royals on May 1 against Detroit. In 15 games this season, Betancourt has posted a .280 batting average with one home run and three RBI.
Yuniesky was resigned by the Royals as a free agent on December 20, 2011. He has appeared in the major leagues with the Royals, Seattle Mariners, and Milwaukee Brewers in his eight major league seasons. Betancourt is a career .269 hitter in the major leagues over 977 career games.
Dobies had appeared in two games for the Naturals this season allowing four hits and three runs over five innings of work. The left-hander was signed as a free agent last season by the Royals.
Keck was promoted to Double-A for the first time after splitting last season between Class-A Kane County and Wilmington. The Luray, Tennessee native, has gone 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in 11 appearances for the Blue Rocks. He has worked 22.1 innings and surrendered 15 hits and 12 walks, while striking out 15. Keck was originally selected in the 42nd round of the 2009 draft out of Bethel College.