Royals deal Hendriks back to Jays for Minors catcher

Pitcher joined Kansas City in July, was not on postseason roster

Royals deal Hendriks back to Jays for Minors catcher

KANSAS CITY -- Pitcher Liam Hendriks' stay with the Royals was brief, and now he's returned to where he started the season. Hendriks was traded back to Toronto in exchange for Minor League catcher Santiago Nessy, the Royals announced on Thursday.

It was just July 29 that the Royals obtained Hendriks, 25, along with backup catcher Erik Kratz from the Blue Jays in a deal for third baseman Danny Valencia. Hendriks pitched in six games, including three starts, for the Royals with a 0-2 record and a 4.66 ERA.

He was not on the Royals' postseason roster and was designated for assignment on Oct. 25.

Nessy, 21, played in 69 games this season with Class A Lansing and Class A Advanced Dunedin with a .231 average, 17 doubles, two triples, one home run and 28 RBIs. From Caracas, Venezuela, Nessy has spent five seasons in the Toronto system, hitting .248 in a total of 260 games at the Rookie and A levels.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.