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KC Royals News: 2 pitchers moved, 2 games today, Team USA

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His line tells you almost everything you need to know about how badly Friday went for KC Royals pitcher Jonathan Heasley.

Almost everything, that is.

Heasley, a member of the prized pack of hurlers the Royals stunningly grabbed up in the 2018 amateur draft, started against the Angels in KC’s 21st Cactus League game of the spring. Unfortunately, the Angels, who won 12-1, finished him before the righthander could complete the third inning—they battered him for nine runs, nine hits, and a pair of homers before he gave way to Christian Chamberlain with one out in the third. That two of the runs charged to Heasley scored after he left, and that he threw a three-up, three-down second inning, matters little,

Especially considering what happened to Heasley after the game. The Royals optioned him to Triple-A Omaha. It’s possible he’ll pitch for the big club again before it breaks camp and heads north for Opening Day, but he’ll start the regular season with the Storm Chasers.

Heasley went 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA during his three-game 2021 Kansas City debut, then a disturbing 4-10, 5.28 in 21 big league starts last season. He’s 0-1, 17.36 in four appearances this spring and opposing batters are hitting .442 against him.

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