KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost altered his projected pitching rotation, flipping the assignments for left-hander Bruce Chen and right-hander Wade Davis.
Chen will start Friday night's series opener against Washington instead of Davis, who will start Saturday night's game. That positions Chen behind right-hander James Shields in the five-man rotation.
"I just want a lefty behind Shields. Now's the time to do it," Yost said, declining further explanation.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.