Davis throws in Minor League scrimmage

Davis throws in Minor League scrimmage

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals starting pitcher Wade Davis reeled off three scoreless innings on Friday, pitching for the club's Class A Wilmington team against the Padres' Lake Elsinore, Calif., affiliate.

In a controlled scrimmage, Davis faced four batters in each of three innings and gave up one hit, no walks and struck out six. He threw 44 pitches, including 29 strikes.

This was Davis' first outing since he skipped a start because of a slightly sore shoulder.

"Everything felt really good -- fastball, curveball, changeup, cutter," Davis said. "It was pretty annoying, but it's all good now. Everything went really good today. My arm was strong and I could've gone farther."

His catcher, Salvador Perez, hit a home run and walked in three plate appearances.

James Shields also will start in a Minor League game on Sunday against a Brewers farm team. He's likely to throw 70-75 pitches in his fourth outing. With several pitchers still to evaluate in Cactus League games, manager Ned Yost is using regular starters in Minor League outings so they can get their work done.

"This time of Spring Training, when guys start getting bumped up to four and five and six innings, is when you start seeing guys make trips to the [Minor League] side to get their innings," Yost said. "Some just for the day, some where they're packing everything."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.