SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Felipe Paulino says that recurring tightness in his forearm near the elbow kept him from being a consistent pitcher in Spring Training.
"What I did in Spring Training -- that's not me," Paulino said. "Some days my elbow felt good, some days it felt bad. So I want to be ready to go every five days and put everything into the game. The best thing for me and the team, right now, is to give my elbow a chance to heal."
The Royals put Paulino on the 15-day disabled list, a move that meant Luis Mendoza and Danny Duffy got the last two spots in the five-man pitching rotation.
Paulino experienced some tightness in the area last season, and once skipped a start because of it.
"Last year, I just had tight muscles, no big deal. In this case, it was sore with tightness at the same time," Paulino said. "That's why they put me on the DL -- because we're almost done with Spring Training. If I'm shut down for four or five days and let it heal real well, I think it'll be about 10 days before I can pitch again."
Once Paulino is cleared to pitch, he's likely to have a rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.