CHICAGO – Goodbye minors, hello big leagues. Kila Ka’aihue will join the Royals before Wednesday night’s game at the Chicago White Sox.
The Royals recalled the Hawaiian born first baseman from Class AAA Omaha to fill a roster spot after they put outfielder Rick Ankiel on the disabled list. The 26-year-old Ka’aihue batted .304 with a .466 on-base percentage along with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 23 games at Omaha.
Where and when will Ka'aihue play? That’s the big question. He’s a first baseman/designated hitter who bats left-handed. Jose Guillen is currently the DH and Billy Butler starts at first.
Royals manager Trey Hillman is calling Ka’aihue an extra bat off the bench. The slugger went in the fifth-round of the 1999 draft.
Ka'aihue had a big year in 2008 when he batted .314 with 37 homers and 100 RBIs in 124 games. It came at Class AA Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. The Royals called him up in September of 2008. He had six hits, including one homer in 21 at-bats in 12 games.
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