It took the Royals almost a week to get their first win of the Cactus League, and now that’s out of the way, maybe we can focus on a few, more important things. Like the bullpen and the rotation.
Chris Young and Dillon Gee piggybacked on Sunday and reports on both were encouraging. Gee is less than 10 days away from having to be placed on the 40-man roster and impressed Ned Yost who said he threw the ball, “Exceptionally well.” Gee did nothing to derail his efforts to make the roster. I would assume a move is coming, as long as he holds steady in his next appearance. Meanwhile, Young was so efficient in his two innings of work, he had to head to the bullpen to complete his scheduled 35 pitches. All is well when you win.
Sunday also marked the debut spring appearance of Kelvin Herrera, the first of the big three relievers to get game action. These games tend to fall into a jumble of anonymous bullpen arms quickly, so it’s nice to see a familiar face. I haven’t seen reports on Joakim Soria or Wade Davis, but I’m assuming they will make an appearance in one of the games early this week. Bryan Flynn looked sharp in his second appearance and has to remain the early favorite to be one of the left-handed arms out of the bullpen.
I would never tell you to put any stock in spring training stats, but it is worth noting that Christian Colon is still looking for his first hit in nine at bats. It’s notable only because he is supposedly in a competition for the starting second base position with Omar Infante. Word is, Infante will DH in one of the Royals games today. This will be our first look at Infante this spring, so it will be interesting to see how well he’s recovered from the surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow last November.
Two games today, with Kyle Zimmer making his second start of the spring in a tilt against the A’s. Working behind Zimmer will be Jonathan Dziedzic, Alec Mills, Christian Binford and Sam Selman. Kris Medlen makes his Cactus League debut against the Cubs. Following Medlen will be Luke Hochevar, Peter Moylan, Scott Alexander and David Huff.