Royals adjust rotation after doubleheader

Royals adjust rotation after doubleheader

KANSAS CITY -- Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins was going to have ramifications on the starting rotation, and Royals manager Ned Yost made those known on Monday.

Yost said that Wednesday's game against the Rangers will be a "'pen day," with Everett Teaford getting the start, and Vin Mazzaro also pitching. Luke Hochevar, who started the second game of the doubleheader and didn't make it out of the second inning, will start Thursday's series finale against Texas.

In the series against the White Sox in Chicago, it will likely be Luis Mendoza on Friday, Bruce Chen on Saturday and Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday.

Will Smith, who started Game 1 of the doubleheader, will skip his next start in order to keep the rest of the rotation on regular rest, according to Yost.

"Smith's going to skip one start. Big reason: I want Mendoza, Guthrie and Chen pitching against Chicago," Yost said. "They've been real effective with them. I'm not going to alter the rotation against them. We're going to leave it the way it is.

"[Smith] will make his next start the next time around. When you get into a situation, I'm not going to bump everybody back down. I'm going to keep it the way it is. So [Smith] will pitch out of the 'pen 'till his turn comes back around again. He'll be available to be the long guy on Thursday."