It’s a split-squad day, and Ned Yost feels the strain.
Setting up a day like this, at this point in the spring, is a logistical nightmare. Half of the Royals will play the Reds in Goodyear; the other half play the Angels in Tempe.
"It takes a lot of brain power to coordinate and quarterback a split-squad game," Yost said. "My RAM space in my hard drive is full."
Yost is going with James Shields to Goodyear. Shields is slated to throw 100 pitches. Also of note in that game: Hunter Dozier and Bubba Starling are scheduled to play four innings each in the field.
And, of course, shortstop Alcides Escobar is back in the Cactus League. He missed an extended period of time resting his right shoulder, which was hampered by inflammation.
Here is the lineup in Goodyear:
1. Alcides Escobar, SS.
2. Mike Moustakas, 3B
3. Eric Hosmer, 1B.
4. Salvador Perez, C.
5. Carlos Peguero, LF
6. Lorenzo Cain, CF
7. Jimmy Paredes, RF
8. Pedro Ciriaco, 2B.
9. Brian Fletcher, DH.
Here is the lineup in Tempe (with Aaron Brooks on the mound, and bench coach Don Wakamatsu managing the squad):
1. Jarrod Dyson, CF.
2. Raul Mondesi, SS.
3. Alex Gordon, LF.
4. Billy Butler, DH.
5. Justin Maxwell, RF.
6. Johnny Giavotella, 2B.
7. Brett Hayes, C.
8. Jason Donald, 2B.
9. Edinson Rincon, DH.
Infielder Danny Valencia is resting his bruised left wrist. He got hit with a pitch on Thursday. An X-ray showed no fractures. The team listed him as day to day.
"If it was the season," Yost said, "he’d play."
Luke Hochevar returned to the team after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. "He looks funny, because they made him shave his beard," Yost said.