After Jeremy Guthrie gave up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings on Tuesday, the Royals have left a vacancy in their rotation for Sunday, the day of Guthrie’s next scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians.
Manager Ned Yost listed three candidates for the spot: Guthrie, veteran Chris Young and rookie Miguel Almonte. It is thought that the organization favors Young for the role, though he has been confined to the bullpen since August.
“We’re still debating,” Yost said.
Yost indicated Young (10-6, 3.29 ERA) could give the team about five innings of work. Almonte (0-1, 6.75 ERA) is only 22. He has flashed talent at times this season, but has also given up critical home runs in late-game situations.
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“But he has stuff,” Yost said.
Guthrie (8-8, 5.95 ERA) appears the least appealing of the bunch. He reclaimed his spot in the rotation after the Royals decided to audition Danny Duffy for the bullpen last week.