KANSAS CITY -- There'll be no special restrictions on any of the Royals' starting pitchers in the first couple of rounds of the rotation. Basically the limit will be about 100 pitches.
"The first couple starts I start really paying attention at the 90-pitch mark," manager Ned Yost said. "I don't push 'em to 125 the first time out. It'll be basically around the 100-pitch mark and then the third, fourth start they'll be ready to go 110, 115," Yost said. "There's no wrap on 'em. You have 'em ready to pitch 100 pitches on Opening Day and they're all there."
Nor does Yost plan any special treatment for his four rookies in the bullpen -- Jeremy Jeffress, Tim Collins, Aaron Crow and Nate Adcock.
"I don't baby any of them. We'll throw 'em in when we need 'em," Yost said. "I treat 'em like anybody else. I don't treat 'em like a rookie."