Notes: Carrasco takes Lima's spot

Notes: Carrasco takes Lima's spot

ANAHEIM -- Twenty-four hours after saying that Jose Lima would keep his spot in the Royals rotation, interim manager Bob Schaefer changed his mind on Saturday.

D.J. Carrasco will start in Lima's place next Wednesday night against the New York Yankees.

Lima, 0-4 with an 8.13 ERA, is not out permanently.

"I'll push him back three or four days," Schaefer said. "Carrasco has proved he can start and Lima has been struggling. It's all about competition."

Carrasco won the start with a strong outing on Friday night against the Angels. He gave up a first-inning run, then pitched five scoreless innings, facing just 16 batters.

"He proved last night he deserved a shot," Schaefer said.

A reliever throughout his pro career, Carrasco was used as a starter this year at Triple-A Omaha. He was impressive enough that he was recalled on May 13, and took injured Brian Anderson's spot in the rotation.

In three starts, Carrasco is 0-1 with a 4.08 ERA.

Lima started on Opening Day and has shown flashes of his old self, but rarely has sustained it throughout a game in his 11 starts.

"If it's going to help, there's nothing I can do about it," Lima said. "I've just got to get that first win out of the way. ... It's hard to see me, especially with a young ballclub, the guy who's supposed to be the ace, struggling."

Lima might be used out of the bullpen, if needed, during the Yankees series, but Schaefer plans to put him back in the rotation, probably next weekend.

"Maybe he'll get his head unscrambled," Schaefer said. "He's trying so hard, I think he loses his concentration."

Affeldt aces test: Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt's second outing for Triple-A Omaha was a success -- three up and three down against Albuquerque on Friday night. In two games, Affeldt has faced seven batters and retired six of them, walking one.

Affeldt, out since April 16 with a strained left groin, could return next weekend at the earliest, according to athletic trainer Nick Swartz.

Affeldt will pitch an inning-plus on Sunday, rest for two days, then work in successive games on Wednesday and Thursday. Swartz said Affeldt was hitting 93 to 94 mph with his fastball.

   Ken Harvey  /   DH
Born: 03/01/78
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

More medical updates: First baseman Ken Harvey's back injury is improving and there was no backlash from light hitting this week in Kansas City. ... Right-hander Denny Bautista, who has shoulder tendinitis, played catch Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list May 14. ... Right-hander Kyle Snyder, out with a strained shoulder, will try about 15 pitches off the mound on Sunday. He's scheduled for a full mound session on Tuesday.

Chris Clapinski, who was supposed to be the Royals backup infielder this season, stopped by the clubhouse on Saturday. He's recovering from arm surgery after a Spring Training injury that will keep him out all season.

Royals trivia: What pitcher won the most games in a season since 1993 when Kevin Appier won 18? (Answer below.)

Farm report: Outfielder Adrian Brown went 3-for-3 with a home run and stole his 15th base, but Omaha (22-27) lost to Albuquerque, 5-2, on Friday night.

Designated hitter Adam Keim had three hits and two RBIs and first baseman Justin Huber had two hits and two RBIs, raising his average to .348, as Double-A Wichita (24-24) downed San Antonio, 6-2.

Wranglers left-hander J.P. Howell won for the second time in two starts, allowing San Antonio three hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Howell earlier was 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA in eight games for Class A High Desert.

First baseman Kila Kaaihue had two of High Desert's four hits in a 12-0 loss to Inland Empire, raising his average to .355. ... Left-hander Matt Campbell got his first win after five losses, going seven innings in Class A Burlington's 3-0 win over Dayton. Campbell's ERA is 4.00. ... High Desert has a 24-23 record; Burlington is 21-26.

Trivia answer: Right-hander Paul Byrd, now with the Angels, won 17 for the Royals in 2002. That was the most wins by a pitcher for a club losing 100 games since Ned Garver won 20 for the 1951 St. Louis Browns.

On deck: The Royals end their three-game series against the Angels at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday. They'll send right-hander Runelvys Hernandez against Angels right-hander Bartolo Colon.

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