After Reno defeated Omaha 8-2 on Saturday night to eliminate the Kansas City Royals' Class AAA affiliate from the Pacific Coast League best-of-five championship series, Omaha manager Mike Jirschele summoned right-hander Jake Odorizzi into his office.
Jirschele had a succinct three-word message for the 22-year-old.
"You're going up," Odorizzi said Jirschele told him.
Those were the words Odorizzi had been longing to hear.
Odorizzi, the Royals' top pitching prospect, joined the major league club for the first time Sunday, arriving after 3 a.m. after driving down from Omaha.
He went 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 19 regular-season games (18 starts) for Omaha. He finished a combined 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) between Class AA Northwest Arkansas and Omaha.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost said Odorizzi, who was acquired in the December trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers, was in the bullpen Sunday for Kansas City's 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angeles and that he would be there Tuesday for the series opener against the Chicago White Sox.
"We're looking to probably give him a start at the end of the week against Cleveland and go from there," Yost said. "He's thrown fine. Jake has done a nice job. We're going to try to give him a start. We all know what the reports are. He's had a great year."
Odorizzi, however, did not pitch well in the opening game of the playoff series against Reno. He allowed nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits, including four home runs, in 3 2/3 innings in an 11-3 loss Tuesday at Reno.