Royals designate Tomko, recall Rosa

Updated: June 12, 2008, 3:25 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals pitcher Brett Tomko, demoted from the rotation to the bullpen after several rough starts, was designated for assignment Thursday.

Brett Tomko


Starting Pitcher
Kansas City Royals


2008 Season Stats
16 2 7 13 40 6.97

The 35-year-old righty was 2-7 with a 6.97 ERA. Opponents hit .314 against him with 11 home runs in 60 2/3 innings.

Kansas City signed Tomko to a $3 million, one-year deal as a free agent in the offseason.

The last-place Royals called up Carlos Rosa, a 23-year-old right-hander, from Triple-A Omaha. He was a combined 6-3 with a 2.19 ERA in 13 starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Omaha.

Tomko, an 11-year big-league veteran, made his last appearance for the Royals on Wednesday. He gave up three runs and five hits in one inning of Kansas City's 11-5 loss to Texas.

Tomko previously pitched for the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds.

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