KANSAS CITY -- No spot start will be required.
After being hit in the ankle with a line drive last Friday, Luke Hochevar's status for his next start was in question. But after a few days of working his way back to health, Hochevar won't miss a start after all.
Still, the rotation order will be jumbled up a bit.
Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters before Tuesday's game that Jonathan Sanchez will start Wednesday against Detroit in the spot that was originally slated for Hochevar. Hochevar will get an extra day and pitch Friday against Toronto.
"We feel that by Friday, Hoch will be 100 percent, or close to it," Yost said.
Sanchez will be pitching on short rest after his last outing against Cleveland, where he gave up five runs on six hits, four walks and a hit batsman. He left that start in the third inning, throwing 70 pitches in 2 2/3 innings.
Yost said Tuesday that while Sanchez might not be as rested as usual, it could mean he'll be sharper with his pitches.
"A lot of times if you bring a guy back early it helps tighten his command up," Yost said. "We had a couple of different options. We could pitch Hoch on Wednesday or we could totally have him miss a start. Or bump Sanchez up to Wednesday, hopefully tighten his command up and give Hoch an extra day and a half before he has to start again. That allows us to keep our long man [Everett] Teaford intact."