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Kris Bubic excites, ex-Royal pitcher blows cool, the confrontation is coming

After what he did on Wednesday night, Omaha might not want to let Kris Bubic go when the time comes for him to rejoin the KC Royals.

Working his first Triple-A game after the Royals transferred his injury rehab assignment to the Storm Chasers earlier this week, Bubic threw 3.2 excellent innings against Indianapolis. He struck out six in eliminating the first eight Indians he faced, fanning seven total and allowing just one hit and one walk before giving way to Austin Cox with two outs and the bases empty in the fourth . The promising performance helped Omaha to an easy 8-2 victory.

Bubic’s 30-day rehabilitation period ends next week. The Royals could then recall him or send him back to the minors for more work while he recovers from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last season.

While Bubic excelled for Omaha, Wednesday night was certainly interesting for ex-Royals pitcher Jorge López, but for reasons that will likely wear out his welcome with the Mets.

The The New York Post Joel Sherman reported Wednesday night that the Mets “intend” to designate López for assignment after the reliever was ejected from his appearance against the Dodgers and threw his glove in the stands as he left.

López, maddeningly inconsistent during the parts of three seasons he spent as a Royal, is (or was) 1-2 with a 3.76 ERA and two saves in 28 games for New York. Now in his ninth big league season, he pitched for the Royals, Orioles, Brewers, Twins, Mets and Marlins.

The Royals gained some ground on Wednesday. Kansas City defeated Minnesota 6-1 and got a chance to split their four-game road series with the Twins — the clubs meet today for Game 4 at 12:10 p.m. CDT — while the Guardians lost 7-4 to Colorado . The Royals are now three games behind first-place Cleveland in the American League Central.

And a showdown, the first meeting between the two clubs this season, is just around the corner. After hosting San Diego for a quick three-game homestand from Friday through Sunday, the Royals head to Cleveland, where they will play the Guardians next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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