Royals swap Orlando, Cuthbert to stay fresh

Guthrie to remain in rotation; Vargas has surgery

Royals swap Orlando, Cuthbert to stay fresh

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals optioned third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha and recalled outfielder Paulo Orlando on Sunday.

"We needed another outfielder to give some of these guys a break," manager Ned Yost said. "We can give [Lorenzo] Cain a break, give [Mike Moustakas] a break. We still have to find a day for [Alex] Rios and [Omar] Infante and maybe find a day for [Eric] Hosmer."

Orlando had been sent out to make room for Ben Zobrist on the last road trip.

"When we sent Orlando out, our plan was probably to give it about 15 days and then swap him for Cheslor to keep them both fresh and playing [in the Minors]," Yost said. "Then we wanted to get them back for September. Just didn't want them to get stale."

Worth noting

• Yost was adamant that right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who gave up six runs on Saturday, will stick in the rotation.

"Yes. He won the game," Yost said.

Guthrie's ERA rose to an unsightly 5.84.

"I don't like that ERA," Yost said. "That's not a good enough excuse right now. The bottom line is, 'Do you win the game?'"

• Royals general manager Dayton Moore said left-hander Jason Vargas had Tommy John surgery last week.

"From the reports that we got, it went well," Moore said.

The Royals do have insurance on Vargas' contract -- it seems likely Vargas would miss all of 2016 because Royals pitchers who have that surgery generally don't get back to the Major Leagues for 14 months.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.