CLEVELAND -- Jonathan Broxton, thrust into the closer's role when Joakim Soria underwent elbow surgery, was coming back from more minor elbow surgery of his own and the Royals were taking it slow with him.
But now manager Ned Yost believes that Broxton is ready to pitch in three consecutive games, if necessary. He was being restricted to back-to-back games.
"Our plan was to take him into June and let him go. We're not quite into June, but we're close enough that we were going to let him go [Monday] night," Yost said.
But Broxton wasn't needed in an 8-5 loss to the Indians. He had recorded saves in the previous two games at Baltimore, the sixth time this season that he'd pitched in successive games.