SURPRISE, Ariz. – It’s a quiet morning here at Royals camp. Several regulars – Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, to name three – have the day off.
Here is the lineup as Jason Vargas faces the Padres in Peoria:
1. Nori Aoki, RF.
2. Omar Infante, 2B.
3. Carlos Peguero, LF.
4. Billy Butler, 1B.
5. Justin Maxwell, DH.
6. Salvador Perez, C.
7. Danny Valencia, 3B.
8. Lorenzo Cain, CF.
9. Pedro Ciriaco, SS.
Bruce Chen and Danny Duffy have been slotted on the same day in the rotation. Chen will start during their next turn, with Duffy backing him up. Manager Ned Yost believes there are enough innings in the game to split between the duo.
Duffy is running out of time to leap-frog Yordano Ventura for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Ramon Hernandez is scheduled to replace Perez behind the plate at some point during the game. He has yet to catch a game this spring, as he has nursed a knee issue.
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