Royals claim infielder Hulett from Mariners

The Royals acquired a second baseman on Thursday but no, not Orlando Hudson. It was Tug Hulett, claimed off outright waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
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Hulett will report to the Royals’ camp on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated left-handed pitcher Neal Musser for assignment.
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Last season Hulett, 26, broke into the Majors in 30 games with the Mariners, batting .224 (11-for-49). A left-handed batter, he spent most of the summer with Triple-A Tacoma and hit .298 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs in 91 games.
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Second base is his primary position but he’s also played shortstop and third base.
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Manager Trey Hillman doesn’t slot Hulett into the battle for second base which already features Alberto Callaspo, Willie Bloomquist and Mark Teahen.
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“I wouldn’t count him out because I don’t know what’s going to happen but it’s certainly not a priority with me with what we already have and are looking at there,” Hillman said.
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Hulett’s father, infielder Tim Hulett, played 12 seasons in the Majors for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals. Tim Hulett, born in Springfield, Ill., went to Auburn University.
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Musser, 28, was 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 36 games last season for Triple-A Omaha. He appeared in just one game for the Royals but, in 2007, he was in 17 games with a 4.38 ERA and a 0-1 record.
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Hudson, a free agent sometimes linked to the Royals, remained unsigned although the Los Angeles Dodgers were talking to him.

–Dick Kaegel

1 Comment

Never heard of Huglett, but he had some good numbers AAA. Similar name to name to a guy the Jays called up last season, Joe Inglett. He worked out very well for the club last season, filling in for an injured Aaron Hill. Good luck on bringing in the O-Dawg. He is a player that is dynamic, entertaining and vocal clubhouse positive for any team. I was sad when the Jays traded him for Glaus which then turned into Scott Rolen. Both those guys haven’t really worked out.
Everything Hill is saying, is like a flashback for me. I sustained lingering concussions playing Rugby for a time. It feel like everytime I tilted my head back, I would feel dizzy and get nauseous. It is a hard thing to explain to people. You feel fine, but tell you can’t have any sudden movements of your head??? It took about a year for my symptoms to go away as well. Another concussion, however, could be devastating! Hopefully, Hill can return to form. When he is on, Hill can be a very productive hitter at the plate.
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