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Royals expect Edinson Volquez to arrive Saturday, make Game 5 start if needed

Edinson Volquez is expected to rejoin the Royals on Saturday in New York, Ned Yost said Friday.
Edinson Volquez is expected to rejoin the Royals on Saturday in New York, Ned Yost said Friday. skeyser@kcstar.com

Edinson Volquez remains on schedule to pitch Game 5.

Volquez, the Royals right-hander, has been in the Dominican Republic since Wednesday attending the funeral of his father, Daniel, who died on Tuesday.

“He’s still slated to pitch Game 5,” Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday. “We should see Eddie (Saturday). He’ll be ready to go.”

Yost said Volquez sent a text message to pitching coach Dave Eiland, and “that everybody was good,” Yost said.

Volquez left Kansas City the day after pitching Game 1 on Tuesday. He threw six innings and left with the score 3-3, a game the Royals won 5-4 in 14 innings.

After Volquez left the game, he met with his wife and made plans to leave the team. The Associated Press covered the memorial service and Volquez’s comments left some doubt about his emotional readiness to pitch on Sunday.

“I don’t know if I’ll be ready for that appearance,“ he said.

But Royals officials said Friday that they expect Volquez to take the mound, and he won’t be impacted by not having thrown a side session in between starts.

“It’s not unusual to not throw, to only play catch between starts this time of year,” general manager Dayton Moore said.

Volquez has made four starts for the Royals in the postseason . He’s 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks in 22  1/3 innings.

His best outing came in the ALCS opener against the Blue Jays when he pitched six scoreless innings.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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