The Kansas City Royals have designated Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (???) for assignment, the team announced via a press release issued on Saturday.
The move clears the 40-man roster space for Jason Vargas, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list to make his first start of the season on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, according to the press release.
Designated for assignment (or DFA) is a contractual term used in Major League Baseball. A player who is designated for assignment is immediately removed from the team's 40-man roster. The team then has up to ten days to either trade, release, non-tender, or outright the player to the minors, or return the Designated Player to its MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) and option the player to the minors.
The 36-year-old Wang had been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 31 with right biceps tendinitis before the Royals reinstated him and then made the DFA move. Wang appeared in 38 games this season, compiling a 6-0 record and a 4.22 ERA. He worked 53 1/3 innings out of the bullpen with 30 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel