KANSAS CITY -- While Luke Hochevar was an option to start against the Rangers on Wednesday night on short rest, Royals manager Ned Yost decided against it.
Hochevar lasted just 1 2/3 innings and 63 pitches on Saturday night in an 8-7 loss to the Twins in the second game of a doubleheader. So Yost gave some thought to bringing the right-hander back on just three days' rest, but dropped the idea after seeing Hochevar throw in a side session.
"We'd be pushing this a little bit," Yost said. "Especially going in September, these guys need four days."
Instead, Everett Teaford and Vin Mazzaro will come out of the bullpen to share the pitching in Wednesday night's game. Hochevar will go against the Rangers on Thursday night and rookie Will Smith will be passed over in this turn of the rotation.
Yost added that, as of now, he has no plans to shut down any pitchers early. Last year, the Royals ended the seasons of Hochevar and Danny Duffy prematurely because of number of innings pitched.