Royals lose Cuevas back to Braves

Royals lose Cuevas back to Braves

KANSAS CITY -- Right-handed pitcher Jairo Cuevas' stay with the Royals was brief. He's back with the Atlanta Braves.

Cuevas was claimed off waivers from Atlanta on Oct. 24 but, on Wednesday, the Braves claimed him back off waivers from the Royals.

Seen as a power starting pitcher, Cuevas had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder by Dr. James Andrews on Aug. 22 and isn't likely to pitch again until next July or August.

Cuevas, 24, was originally signed by the Braves as a third baseman. He distinguished himself in 2005 with rookie classification Danville, going 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA and was the Appalachian League's Pitcher of the Year.

On June 12, 2007, with Class A Myrtle Beach, he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before losing it in a 2-1 win over Salem.

This year, Cuevas had just three starts for Double-A Mississippi, going 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA, before he was shut down. He tried to come back with the Gulf Coast Braves in June and July but pitched just four games before having surgery.

He has not pitched in the Major Leagues.

When the Royals claimed Cuevas, they made room on the roster by releasing pitcher Kip Wells. The loss of Cuevas leaves the Royals with 39 players on their roster, one shy of the limit.

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