Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kansas City starting pitcher Kevin Appier, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, made his season debut against Minnesota.
The Royals also placed shortstop Angel Berroa on the 15-day disabled list with migraine headaches. Andres Blanco, making his major league debut, took Berroa's place in the lineup during Saturday's 8-4 loss.
Appier, who underwent surgery last September for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, absorbed the loss after allowing seven runs -- five earned -- on six hits in three innings. In 15 major league seasons, the pitcher has a 169-137 career record.
Berroa, last season's AL Rookie of the Year, is hitting just .216 in nine games this season.
He missed the series opener against the Twins on Friday, and was taken by ambulance from the team hotel to Hennepin County Hospital, where he underwent a battery of tests.
Blanco, who was called up from Double-A Wichita, went 0-for-3.
Before the game Kansas City also optioned pitcher Jaime Cerda to Triple-A Omaha.