Apr 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Kansas City Royals pinch runner Justin Maxwell (27) and first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) celebrates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Royals’ Justin Maxwell sent outright to Triple-A Omaha

The Kansas City Royals designated outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment last week.

Maxwell, 30, was the odd-man out when it came to the Royals deciding on who they could go without in order to add another arm to their bullpen. He’s currently hitting just .138/.219/.172 across the line with four hits, one double and two RBI under his belt. The fifth-year outfielder spent a year and a half with the Houston Astros before he was traded to the Royals last summer.

So far this season, Maxwell has played every position in the outfield but spent most of his time in center and right field. In three games in right field, he’s currently fielding 1.000. He’s picked up three more in center and currently holds a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Kansas City purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Casey Coleman from Triple-A Omaha on May 16 as reported by the Kansas City Star once it was announced. Coleman was released by the Chicago Cubs back on April 14.

Now according to Andy McCullough on Twitter, Maxwell has accepted his assignment after clearing waivers and will report to Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate.

Maxwell will continue to provide the team with some depth in the outfield but is no longer on the 40-man roster.

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  • Stan Colbert

    I don’t know much about Maxwell, what his talents or abilities are or aren’t. I haven’t seen him play!!! I know he was batting pretty good in Spring but that is not a fair eval. He has been here since July and hasn’t played! Hayes hasn’t played enough to have an average! I don’t get it, how can you compete with teams who have developed and played their bench so that if someone gets hurt they can step in and play.