KANSAS CITY -- Royals reliever Blake Wood returned on Sunday for the first time in 10 days and couldn't have been better -- he struck out all three Cleveland batters he faced.
"I was glad to be back, I felt like I was out for a month," said Wood, who'd been stopped by back spasms. "They were gone for a couple days and they threw me in there and the results were good."
He got his three strikeouts on just 11 pitches.
"I haven't done that in a while," he said. "Just fastballs and sliders. All three K's were all on sliders. Pretty much the same pitch sequence. Fastballs till I got two strikes, then the slider."
With Wood in place and Robinson Tejeda returning from a biceps strain, the set-up pitchers for closer Joakim Soria are back in business. Manager Ned Yost said that Wood is ready to pitch on back-to-back days. Tejeda didn't pitch on Sunday after being activated.
"I want to put [Tejeda] in a similar role as before and I don't think I'm going to have the opportunity to ease him back in," Yost said. "It's just not going to happen. So in the seventh or eighth inning of these close games, [I'll] just get him back in there."
As it turned out, Yost used Tejeda in the ninth inning of Monday night's 3-0 loss to Texas. He gave up one hit and a sacrifice fly in two-thirds of an inning. The unearned run was charged against starter Kyle Davies.