KANSAS CITY -- If you take a look at the probable pitchers for the Royals next few games, you might wonder who this "TBA" fellow is, and why he's pitching twice during this weekend's series with the Diamondbacks.
The Royals have yet to officially announce which pitchers will be making the starts on Friday and Sunday, but before Wednesday's game against the Orioles, manager Ned Yost shed some light on the subject.
"We've kind of been going day to day with our pitching," Yost said. "If everything holds to form, we'll probably go [Luis] Mendoza on Friday and give [Vin Mazzaro] another shot on Sunday. We'll see how it works out."
It doesn't sound like Yost has that etched in stone, but Mendoza and Mazzaro will be the favorites to take those spots in the rotation, which were vacated by Jonathan Sanchez and Danny Duffy, both currently on the disabled list.
Mendoza started the season in the rotation, but he moved to the bullpen upon the return of Felipe Paulino to the team. Mendoza's last outing came on Sunday against the White Sox, when he relieved the injured Duffy, throwing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and picking up the win.
Mazzaro has appeared in two games since being called up from Triple-A Omaha, including a start Tuesday against the Rangers. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings, earning the win.
Yost did say that there is one Royals pitcher who won't be starting a game anytime soon: Aaron Crow. Crow was considered for a spot in the rotation in Spring Training, but he has pitched the entirety of this season as a reliever, performing well as the team's setup man. Yost said there are plenty of pitchers in Triple-A that the team can go to if needed.