Notes: Who will fill No. 4, 5 spots?

Notes: Runelvys, Mays confirmed

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The rotation continues to grind into place for the Royals.

Manager Buddy Bell on Saturday named right-handers Runelvys Hernandez and Joe Mays as his Nos. 2 and 3 starting pitchers.

They fall into line behind Opening Day pitcher Scott Elarton in the rotation.

Still in the running for the 4-5 slots are right-handers Denny Bautista and Mike Wood and left-handers Jeremy Affeldt and J.P. Howell.

Mays, a free agent from Minnesota, worked in 31 games (26 starts) last season, going 6-10 for the Twins. He missed the entire 2004 season because of right elbow surgery.

"Joe has thrown good, he's got experience and is throwing like he did a couple of years ago," Bell said.

Hernandez also missed all of 2004 because of Tommy John surgery and returned to pitch 29 games last season with an 8-14 record. He caused some concern because of his weight when he reported but has since lost 10 or 12 pounds, pitching coach Bob McClure said.

"It's not that the kid doesn't work," Bell said. "It might be genetics and he just has to work a little harder."

Left-hander Mark Redman, who underwent knee surgery, will be examined by team physician Dr. Steve Joyce next week. Right-hander Zack Greinke is still out pending the resolution of personal matters.

Wet stuff: What was that falling from the sky Saturday? Well, it was the first rain to hit the Phoenix area after 143 consecutive days of dryness.

The rain was welcome, but it knocked out a Cactus League doubleheader for the Royals. Canceled were a Saturday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., and a night game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria.

If weather permits, the Royals will play a previously scheduled "B" game against the Texas Rangers at 10 a.m. MT on Sunday. Scheduled to pitch for the Royals are J.P. Howell, Adam Bernero, Steve Stemle, Joel Peralta, Leo Nunez and Jose Cedeno. The game could go as long as 12 innings to permit pitchers to catch up on their work.

Denny Bautista will start the regularly scheduled Cactus League game at 1:05 p.m. MT against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bautista is expected to pitch four innings as he continues his quest to win a starter's job.

Also scheduled to pitch are Jimmy Gobble, Andrew Sisco, Ambiorix Burgos and Mike MacDougal.

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Febles on hand: Former Royals second baseman Carlos Febles is in camp after undergoing cleanup knee surgery.

The surgery will delay his return to the playing field. Febles wants to try a comeback in the Minor Leagues but, if not, he could join the Royals as a Minor League coach.

"I could do 'A,' I could do 'B,' " he said, "but I'd rather do 'A.' "

Febles discussed his future with assistant general manager Muzzy Jackson.

Costa about ready: Outfielder Shane Costa, who has missed several days because of a left hamstring injury, expects to get back into action in the next couple of days.

Everyone signed: Catcher John Buck and pitcher Ambiorix Burgos have signed and all 40 players on the roster are under contract.

Center fielder David DeJesus passed his physical examination so his five-year, $13.8-million contract became official Saturday.

Classic countdown: First baseman Justin Huber will be returning Sunday morning from his Australian stint in the World Baseball Classic. Huber was 1-for-8 (.175) for the winless Aussies.

Aaron Guiel and Matt Stairs, who both played right field for 1-2 Canada, returned Friday. Each was 2-for-9 (.222). Stairs had four RBIs and drew four walks. Guiel had a triple and a double.

Royals outstanding include Mexico pitcher Elmer Dessens and infielder Benji Gil, plus Puerto Rico second baseman Ruben Gotay.

South Africa pitcher Barry Armitage is returning to the Minor League camp after three innings (21.00 ERA) for his 0-3 team.

On deck: Bautista is scheduled to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:05 p.m. MT on Sunday at Surprise Stadium. Opening Day starter Brandon Webb is expected to counter for Arizona.

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