KANSAS CITY -- Adam Moore, the fourth catcher on the Royals' roster, was a University of Nebraska teammate of left fielder Alex Gordon. Except they never played together. Wait, there's an explanation. "He was a big-time junior college recruit and he was supposed to be our starting catcher and just before the season started, he hurt his knee and had surgery," Gordon said. "Then he left the next year and never got to play." Moore's right knee kept him out of the Cornhuskers' lineup in that 2005 season.
"I went to school with him but ended up having a meniscus tear right before the season opener," Moore said. "So I sat out and got medical red-shirted that year and didn't play. ... Just another fan on the sideline." The next year, Moore transferred to the University of Texas-Arlington and was a first-team Southland Conference selection in 2006, the same year he was picked by Seattle in the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft. He made the Mariners' Opening Day roster in both 2010 and 2011 but injuries dogged him. This year, after a wrist injury in Spring Training and a knee injury later, the Mariners designated him for assignment and the Royals claimed him on waivers July 7 and assigned him to Triple-A Omaha. "I was catching every day at Omaha, got a fresh start with a new organization and hopefully I'll stay healthy the rest of my career," Moore said. "It was tough being over in Seattle. They gave me every opportunity in the book but I just couldn't stay healthy the two years I was up in the big leagues." Including the playoffs, Moore played 44 games for the Storm Chasers, batting .289 with five homers and 31 RBIs. "He had some big hits for us down the stretch, he's got some pop," Omaha manager Mike Jirschele said. "One big thing was he stayed healthy and I liked what I saw." But defense is Moore's priority. "That's my pride and joy. I take a lot of a responsibility on wins and losses and it's maybe too much I put on myself after a game, thinking we could've done something better," he said. "But I always put it on myself -- could've called a better pitch, set up better location, whatever it may be." With starting catcher Salvador Perez playing so well, opportunities for Moore will be limited, although manager Ned Yost said he's giving some thought to using Moore if his Omaha batterymate, Jake Odorizzi, makes his big league pitching debut on Sunday against Cleveland. Oh, and even though Moore never played for Nebraska, Gordon claims him. "We have two Huskers on the team now," Gordon said. "I consider him a Husker."