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Keller activated; Blewett, Mejia, and Viloria optioned by Royals

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The Kansas City Royals, prior to Thursday night’s game with the Chicago Cubs, reinstated right-hander Brad Keller from the injured list, where he had been since the start of the 60-game season after contracting COVID-19.  With Major League Baseball teams required to reduce their active rosters down to 28 players, Kansas City optioned relief pitcher Scott Blewett, infielder Erick Mejia, and catcher Meibrys Viloria to the team’s alternate training site at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

Keller had a 4.19 ERA in 201 with 122 strikeouts in 165 1/3 innings.  He made the Opening Day start last season, but was replaced by Danny Duffy for this year’s honor.

Mejia had eight at-bats for the Royals this season, failing to pick up a hit for the team.  Blewett spent 24 hours on the Royals roster, failing to see action in Wednesday night’s loss to Chicago, while Viloria has played in 52 games over the past two seasons, receiving increased time last year due to the season-ending injury to Salvador Perez.