Rotation mostly set heading into All-Star break

Rotation mostly set heading into All-Star break

Rotation mostly set heading into All-Star break
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minus two games, Royals manager Ned Yost has his starting rotation set up going into the All-Star break.

Bruce Chen will pitch Sunday's series finale against the Twins. At Toronto, it'll be Everett Teaford on Monday night, Luis Mendoza on Wednesday night and Luke Hochevar on Thursday night.

Tuesday night remains open, as does the Sunday, July 8, game at Detroit after Jonathan Sanchez pitches on Friday night and Chen next Saturday.

"It's got a chance to be [Vin] Mazzaro if I don't use him [in long relief]," Yost said. "But it might not."

Mazzaro was used in relief during Saturday's first game, a 7-2 loss to the Twins; he went 2 1/3 scoreless innings and threw 25 pitches. Yost said that would not knock him out of the picture for Tuesday night.

"No, that's just kind of like a little polishing for him. He hadn't thrown in about seven days and we wanted to give him 25 pitches or so. He's still OK," Yost said.

If Mazzaro doesn't start, the Royals might bring up a pitcher from the Minors.