KANSAS CITY — The Royals are hoping Round 2 with left-hander Jonathan Sanchez goes significantly better.
Sanchez was signed by the Royals to a Minor League deal last month. The 34-year-old has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2013 when in five games with the Pirates, he posted an 11.85 ERA and a 2.42 WHIP.
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“It’s an opportunity for him,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said by phone. “You never know. We’ll see.”
That 2013 season capped an incredible downward spiral for Sanchez, whose best season came in ’10 with the Giants when he logged 193 1/3 innings, went 13-9 and posted a 3.07 ERA. Sanchez was money down the stretch that season, going 5-2 in his final seven games with a 1.03 ERA for the eventual World Series champions.
In 2009, Sanchez no-hit the Padres in a no-walk, 11-strikeout game.
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