Two former Biscuits are headed to the Kansas City Royals.
Outfielder Joey Gathright and infielder Fernando Cortez were traded to the Royals on Tuesday. The Devil Rays picked up left-handed pitcher J.P. Howell in the deal.
Howell was 3-2 with a 4.75 ERA at Class AAA Omaha this year.
The Rays also demoted pitcher Seth McClung to Durham, but haven't announced who will take McClung's roster spot. They're supposed to announce it tonight.
Howell has major-league experience, so he could go to Tampa Bay. Or another pitcher could be promoted, opening a spot for Howell at Durham.
Either way, Durham is out two position players -- which makes me curious if the Biscuits are about to lose a few.
Cortez was the Bulls' starting second baseman. Elliot Johnson was struggling before going on the DL with a groin injury, but he was activated today and was raking it early in the season.