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Wade Davis is no longer in the running for a rotation spot

Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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The Royals gave Wade Davis a chance to win a rotation spot this spring even after he struggled as a starter last season, but Royals manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star this morning that the 28-year-old right-hander is out of the fifth starter competition and will pitch out of the back end of the bullpen in 2014.

It’s the right call, as Davis posted a 5.67 ERA in 24 starts last season before being yanked from the rotation. The 28-year-old immediately saw a velocity spike after being moved back to the bullpen and allowed just one run in 10 innings in September. He posted a 2.43 ERA and 87 strikeouts over 70 1/3 innings as a reliever with the Rays in 2012, so the hope is that he can help make up for the absence of Luke Hochevar, who is set to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Davis was a long shot to win a rotation spot anyway, but the fifth starter job will now come down to Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy. James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas, and Bruce Chen will fill out the first four spots.

  1. kcrobert10 - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Between this no extension for shields and allowing Santana to walk in fa. The royals front office has been totally inept. Nothing to show for the Myers trade and my guess it will be back to losing here in ole kc. Were used to it though this organization has been horrid for well over 2 decades.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Wade pitched much better out of the bullpen, I’d have been more furious if he had remained a starter

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