Ponson designated for assignment
Royals manager Trey Hillman made the announcement before Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Ponson went 1-7 with a 7.36 ERA in 14 games, including nine starts, this season.
"He did everything that we asked him to do," Hillman said. "Honestly, I still like his stuff, I really do. It's a matter of location."
Davies will start Wednesday's game with Seattle.
The Royals have offered Ponson the opportunity to pitch at Triple-A if he clears waivers.
"It will be entirely up to him," Hillman said.
Also, reliever Kyle Farnsworth threw a 22-pitch bullpen session. The right-hander, out since June 25 with a right groin strain, will likely have one more mound session before pitching in a minor league game.
Outfielder Mark Teahen, taken out of Saturday's game because of lower back tightness, was not in Sunday's starting lineup. He is day to day.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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