KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost's options for a starting pitcher on Wednesday night against the Rangers increased when Luke Hochevar went just 1 2/3 innings in Saturday's first game against the Twins.
Two relievers with starting credits this year pitched well. Right-hander Vin Mazzaro went three shutout innings, allowing one hit, in the first game, and left-hander Everett Teaford threw 5 1/3 shutout innings, giving up three hits, in the second game.
But Hochevar now is also a possibility.
"I just don't know what I'm going to do yet," Yost said. "I could bring Hoch back. He only threw 60 pitches. Teaford threw as many pitches as Hoch did."
To be precise, Hochevar threw 63 pitches, Teaford 56.
The good outings by Mazzaro, Teaford and Kelvin Herrera (two scoreless innings) had a positive effect on the bullpen for Sunday's game. The rest of the pen was rested.
"We only used three relievers yesterday in two games," Yost said.