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Two Triple-A Pitchers Join Staff

June 12, 2005

PHOENIX (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Matt Diaz (oblique) and right-handed reliever Steve Stemle (back) on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, clearing room for two pitchers from Triple-A Omaha.

One was J.P. Howell, who made his major league debut with a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

``I look for him to have a real good game,″ manager Buddy Bell said. ``I feel like he’s got a good feel for what he needs to do. Seeing him from the other side, which I did when I was in Cleveland, he was the most impressive young pitcher I’d seen in a long time.″

The 6-foot-7 left-hander led Texas to the College World Series final a year ago, then made the second-quickest rise to the majors in Royals history.

The No. 31 pick in last year’s draft, Howell joined the parent club in just over a year. Bo Jackson set the standard, signing in June 1986 and reaching the big leagues three months later.

Howell was 6-1 with three Royals farm teams, winning his only Triple-A start on Monday.

The Royals also purchased the contract of right-hander Ryan Jensen, who was 2-1 in three starts before he was designated for assignment on June 4.

In a separate move, Kansas City transferred left-hander Brian Anderson, who has an inflamed elbow, to the 60-day disabled list to clear room on the 40-man roster.

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