"He is going to have some type of surgery, whether it is going to be [arthroscopic] or a Tommy John [elbow ligament replacement], we just don't know yet," Moore said. "There will definitely be some type of scope, and then [we'll] evaluate it from there." Duckworth's outing: Duckworth said he was having one of those nights when he couldn't find his rhythm against the Padres. He allowed seven hits and walked two, but gave up two runs and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings. "There are good things I can take out of it for the fact I was able to battle and get some big outs," Duckworth said. "It wasn't double, double, home run. I gave up singles and was behind in the count a lot. I was able to limit it station-to-station for the most part. "The biggest thing I can take out of it is just the battle, the tenacity, not to give in, not to give up and keep us right there. That's big. I know the rest of my stuff is going to be there. Those are just the days when you're out of synch and can't get it going. That is what you have to do -- survival. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but at the same time I made some pitches when I really, really had to." Duckworth also stroked a line-drive single in the fourth. Bannister adjusts: Bannister, who gave up four home runs to the Athletics in his previous start, threw 70 pitches in five innings in a Minor League game Monday against the Brewers. He allowed two runs, one unearned, on five hits and one walk, while striking out seven. "We were working on a couple of different things that we picked up from my last two outings as far as hiding the ball more to hitters," Bannister said. Pitching coach Bob McClure moved Bannister from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side. "I've always pitched from the first-base side because I've always thrown more strikes from that side," Bannister said. "Talking to Mac, he felt I'd be a better pitcher from the other side, especially on right-handed hitters. It would make them flinch a little especially on my breaking ball. That's what we worked on today. "I had a lot of strikeouts, which was good. I was missing a lot more bats. I kept the ball down and hit my spots. My breaking ball was a lot sharper."
Roster moves: The Royals optioned first baseman Justin Huber and infielder Andres Blanco to Triple-A Omaha. The Royals have 39 players in camp, 14 over the limit.The Royals also reacquired catcher Adam Donachie a Rule 5 pick, who hit .263 with one home run and four RBIs in 16 games with the Orioles. After clearing waivers, the Royals got Donachie back for $25,000, half the drafting price. He was assigned to Omaha. Deal or no deal: Moore said he does not think there will be any more trades by his team in Spring Training. "I don't anticipate anything right now," Moore said. "You just never know. It's been pretty quiet, really." The Royals' only March trade was acquiring shortstop Tony Pena Jr. for Minor League right-hander Erik Cordier. On deck: Jorge De La Rosa will start against the Cubs on Tuesday at Mesa at 3:05 p.m. CT. Rich Hill will be the Cubs starter.
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