KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -The Kansas City Royals claimed pitcher Colby Lewis off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Friday.
The 28-year-old right-hander made 26 appearances for Oakland last season, going 0-2 with a 6.45 ERA in 37 2-3 innings. At one point he retired 24 consecutive batters, the third-longest streak by an Oakland reliever.
Lewis was drafted 38th overall by the Texas Rangers in 1999, and went 10-9 to lead all American League rookies in wins in 2003. He missed most of the 2004 season and all of 2005 after undergoing surgery on his right rotator cuff, then spent time with the Detroit Tigers in 2006.
He has appeared in 72 career games, 34 of them starts, and is 12-15 with a 6.71 ERA.
The Royals have 37 players on their 40-man roster, with five players still on the 60-day disabled list.
Kansas City also announced moves in the front office, promoting Louie Medina to special assistant to the general manager/player personnel and moving Donnie Williams to senior adviser to the general manager.
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