Royals make room for Riske

Royals make room for Riske

KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Jeff Keppinger was designated for assignment on Tuesday by the Royals, clearing room for pitcher David Riske on the 40-man roster.

Keppinger played 22 games for the Royals in the season's last month, batting .267 (16-for-60) with two home runs and six RBIs.

With Mark Teahen out for surgery, Keppinger started 12 games at third base as well as three at first base and one at second base. His highlight was his first Royals hit -- a three-run homer in the 12th inning Sept. 9 at Boston that sparked a 10-4 win over the Red Sox.

Keppinger batted .354 for Triple-A Omaha after being obtained on July 19 from the New York Mets in a trade for second baseman Ruben Gotay.

Riske was signed on Dec. 20 as a free agent but was held off the roster pending a physical examination and clearing of paperwork.

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