KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino made his longest rehab start of the season on Friday night -- five innings in Triple-A Omaha's 8-4 loss to New Orleans.
"The good thing right now is that I'm building up, and I feel like I'm going the right way," Paulino said.
Paulino, who is recovering from last season's Tommy John surgery, allowed six runs on nine hits, including two home runs. He also had one walk, one strikeout and one hit batter. He threw 80 pitches -- 52 for strikes -- while taking the loss. Paulino is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts with the Storm Chasers.
"I want to be back to myself, I want to be back in the shape I was in last year before the surgery," Paulino said. "I believe that I am going to be back, I just need a few more starts to find my poise."
Paulino is scheduled to start again on Friday for the Storm Chasers.
Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.