It doesn’t matter, it seems, that veteran right-hander Sidney Ponson gave up seven runs in five innings Tuesday in a 7-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. The Royals seem ready, regardless, to anoint him as the fourth member of their rotation — albeit not officially. Manager Trey Hillman would go no further Tuesday than to say Ponson is “still in the mix” with Horacio Ramirez and Brian Bannister for the two rotation spots behind Gil Meche, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies.
I’ve watched a lot of baseball over the years, but I never thought I’d see the day when there was room in a Major League rotation behind a guy like Kyle Davies. Indeed, if you would have told me before now that there would come a day when both he and Horacio Ramirez were on the same team and neither of them figured to be that team’s worst pitcher, I would have told you that you were nuts. Then Sir Sidney comes to town. Shows you what I know.
I think this is a Posnanski plot. By bringing in all of this subpar staff filler together, there’s no reasonable way they can get rid of his personal favorite, Brian Bannister.