KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' probable pitching rotation still has some openings, starting with Wednesday afternoon against Tampa Bay.
Indications, though, are that left-hander Everett Teaford likely will be recalled from Triple-A Omaha to make that start. He last pitched on Thursday and went six shutout innings against Memphis. For Omaha, Teaford is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in seven games including six starts.
Teaford, in three games (one start) for Kansas City this year, is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA. He began the season as the Royals' long reliever and was optioned to Omaha on April 28, before being recalled on May 17. But two days later, Teaford suffered a lower abdominal strain and went on the disabled list. Subsequently, he rehabbed with Omaha and was re-assigned to the Storm Chasers.
Meanwhile, right-hander Vin Mazzaro was in the bullpen as a potential long reliever on Sunday and Monday. He's made five starts; the last on Friday night against the Cardinals, who chased him in the second inning.
Left-hander Doug Davis, 36, also could figure in the rotation mix at some point. Signed by the Royals on May 12, the 13-year veteran of the Majors is 3-1 with a 3.08 in seven games for Omaha. He's won all of his three starts, giving up just three earned runs in 17 1/3 innings, the last on Sunday.