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Joseph optioned to Triple-A Omaha

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Donnie Joseph's bid to join the Royals' bullpen is over for now. He was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.

"Big promise," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He needs to continue to refine his command a little bit, but I like the fact that he's funky, he's got deception, he's got a nice slider that's hard for lefties to hit."

In 10 games, Joseph posted a 1.80 ERA and rang up 14 strikeouts in 10 innings. He gave up three hits, three walks and two runs, and opponents hit .086 against him.

The Royals also announced the acquisition of Minor League outfielder Desmond Henry from Texas, completing the trade on Nov. 8 that sent pitcher Tommy Hottovy to the Rangers. Henry, 19, has played just 25 games of Rookie ball the last two years.

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

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