Just moments after throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his major-league debut on Tuesday, left-hander Eric Skoglund learned he would receive a second start on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals announced the decision on Wednesday. Manager Ned Yost offered a brief message along with the assignment.
“I told him today: ‘You did an awesome job last night. But don’t expect it to be as easy as it was last night every time you step out there, alright? You made it look easy. But just make sure you understand, it’s not that easy. It was a magical night for you.’ ”
With a day off Thursday, the club will start Jason Vargas on Friday in the series opener against Cleveland and bring back Jason Hammel on regular rest on Saturday.
Ian Kennedy will return on regular rest on Monday in a series opener against the Houston Astros. But with Danny Duffy and Nathan Karns both on the disabled list, the club will need to find a fifth starter for Tuesday’s game against Houston.
Karns, whose disabled-list stint was retroactive to May 21, has experienced lingering discomfort in his right arm, which has slowed his rehab process, Yost said. He could depart on a rehab assignment next week, which would represent the next step in his recovery. But for now, the Royals are being cautious.
“He’s feeling better,” Yost said. “But still, a little lingering ... the trainers like to get everything out before we start progressing forward pretty heavily. And he still feels it a little tiny bit when he’s playing catch.”