Royals Rotation One Short Headed into Season
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals will open the season with a four-man rotation because of three off days in early April.
Right-handers Luke Hochevar and Kyle Davies and left-handers Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen have all but locked up those first four spots.
The leading candidates for the fifth spot are Vin Mazzaro, who was acquired in a November trade with the Oakland Athletics, and Sean O'Sullivan, who was obtained last July in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels.
Both could open the season in the minors.