I was pretty sure that the next roster move would be for the Royals to demote relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress and activate Robinson Tejeda from the disabled list. Apparenly, I'm no Kreskin (am I dating myself) because the Royals announced they were optioning speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson to Omaha and calling up relief pitcher Greg Holland.
The move makes some sense, considering the Royals emptied their bullpen yesterday and Dyson has been used almost exclusively as a pinch runner. However that leaves the Royals with 13 pitchers on the 25 man roster and therefore a very short bench. It's unclear how long they will go with a 13 man staff, but with guys like Adcock making spot starts and a young pitcher like Danny Duffy there is an argument that it is the right move. This is accentuated by the fact that Ned Yost does not really seem to like pinch hitting guys, because he rarely runs into a short bench situation.
Jarrod Dyson was probably going to last for a long time on a modern American League bench. The game has changed to the point that while he's valuable, he's expendable. Given the fact that he has options remaining and Mitch Maier didn't makes him the guy to go. I think he may resurface in the big leagues, but we may have seen the last of the 50th round pick with super-natural speed.
Greg Holland is notable because he was the first player drafted under the Dayton Moore regime to make it to the big leagues with the Royals. For the triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers he has posted a 2.08 ERA in 21.2 innings with 27 strikeouts and 11 walks. He should be a quality addition to an already stacked bullpen.