Three days after throwing two innings of relief in a victory over the Chicago White Sox, Royals pitcher Dillon Gee will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Twins here at Target Field. He will start opposite Minnesota right-hander Tyler Duffey.
The decision came two days after Gee was forced into action on Wednesday in a game that stretched on for 14 innings. He entered the game in the top of the 13th, throwing 32 pitches over two scoreless innings. The workload put his next start in jeopardy, but Royals manager Ned Yost said Gee responded favorably to the short outing and felt comfortable returning to the mound on Saturday.
“He’s good,” Yost said. “He was supposed to throw a side (session) (Thursday), anyway, for this start. So normally his sides are 25 to 30 pitches anyway, so he just threw his side the day before (that) in a game.”
Gee allowed three runs in six innings in his last start, a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue jays on Aug. 5. He surrendered four runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers on July 31.
Gee has posted a 6.08 ERA in nine starts. He has recorded a 3.05 ERA in 15 appearances as a reliever.
“He came out (Thursday) and said: ‘Look, you guys do what you want, but I feel good,’” Yost said. “He looked good. He looked ready to go.
“He’s been throwing the ball really well right now, and he’s sharp right now. A lot of times it doesn’t hurt to get that in-between (outing) right there.”