Kansas City, Mo Royals reliever Jerry Spradlin was released Wednesday shortly after almost blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning for Kansas City against Minnesota.
Spradlin entered the game in the ninth with an 8-4 lead and immediately gave up two singles and Denny Hocking's home run without getting an out.
He was replaced by Ricky Bottalico, who closed out Kansas City's 8-7 win.
KC replaced Spradlin on the roster with left-hander Scott Mullen, whose contract was purchased from Omaha.
"It's a business. I didn't finish the way I needed to," Spradlin said.