"I feel positive and am looking forward to [Tuesday]," he said.
Elarton made his return from shoulder surgery in mid-May but struggled with command and control in his eight outings. He didn't throw a quality start and delivered a 2-3 record and 9.17 ERA before going on the disabled list shortly after taking the defeat against the Cardinals on June 13.
Finally healthy and feeling his best "in a long time," Elarton and the Royals hope he can regain the same form that produced strong performances in the first half of the 2006 season.
KC: RHP Scott Elarton (2-3, 9.17 ERA)
Elarton returns from the DL (sprained right foot) to make his ninth start of the season. He didn't fare well in five rehab outings -- yielding 21 runs over 26 2/3 innings -- but manager Buddy Bell believes Elarton is the most logical choice to make the start. The 31-year-old hasn't pitched for Kansas City since June 13.
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (10-5, 3.44 ERA)
Wang was sharp through six innings against Toronto on Thursday, keeping the Blue Jays without a hit until the fourth frame and scoreless until the seventh. The right-hander's only trouble came after he was hit by a grounder near his left ankle in the seventh -- he then allowed three runs before he was lifted from the game. In his 7 1/3 innings, Wang was good for 89 pitches -- 60 of them strikes -- allowing seven hits, walking none and striking out three.
Player to watch
Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod is on the cusp of 500 career homers and carries excellent career numbers against Elarton. In 13 at-bats, he has a .583 average, three homers and seven RBIs.
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Official game notes
Wednesday: Royals (Gil Meche, 7-6, 3.63) vs. Yankees (Mike Mussina, 4-7, 4.97), 7:10 p.m. CT
Thursday: Royals (Jorge De La Rosa, 7-10, 5.61) vs. Yankees (Kei Igawa, 2-2, 6.67), 7:10 p.m. CT
Friday: Royals (Brian Bannister, 6-6, 3.68) vs. Rangers (Jamey Wright, 3-2, 4.15), 7:10 p.m. CT