Joe Blanton probably earned himself another start for the Royals after spinning six innings of one-run baseball on Monday night against the Seattle Mariners.
Manager Ned Yost has not yet committed to his rotation for next week in Houston, but Blanton is one of three candidates to pitch next Tuesday against the Astros. The other two are Jason Vargas and Yordano Ventura, both of whom are on the disabled list.
Vargas will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday to test the soreness in his left flexor muscle. Ventura completed a similar session on Monday after experiencing numbness in his right hand earlier this month due to irritation of the ulnar nerve in his elbow.
Yost intended to meet with general manager Dayton Moore to discuss Ventura’s next step in his recovery. Yost indicated the club was considering sending Ventura for a five-inning, 75-pitch assignment on Friday. He would either pitch in a simulated game or on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
“We need to make sure that it’s behind him,” Yost said. “So more than likely it’ll be a rehab start.”
Blanton has been a revelation for the Royals. He owns a 2-0 record and a 1.73 ERA in nine games. He gave up only two hits to the Mariners on Monday.