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Royals add veteran pitcher Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha, send Aaron Brooks to same club

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Royals selected the contract of veteran right-hander Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha and optioned reliever Aaron Brooks to the same club before Saturday night's game against the Yankees.

To make room on the roster, the Royals also recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Omaha and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a torn muscle in the back of his shoulder.

Flynn was barely beaten out for a job in the Royals bullpen in spring training.

The 34-year-old Blanton last pitched in the majors with the Angels in 2013. He signed a minor league deal with Kansas City and made seven starts, going 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA.

Brooks pitched a scoreless inning against the Yankees Friday night.

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