Aug 12, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Wade Davis (22) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis assigned to bullpen

As Spring approached, it was widely known that the Kansas City Royals would be employing an “open competition” for their fifth starter role, but on Saturday, the pool of candidates became smaller.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals manager Ned Yost has removed right-hander Wade Davis from the mix, and as such, Davis will be used out of the bullpen this season. Youngsters Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy are the remaining candidates vying for the open rotation spot, and Davis has a defined role on the back-end, especially in the wake of news that Luke Hochevar has been lost for the year.

In 2013, the 28-year-old Davis was far better out of the bullpen than he was in the rotation (where he had a 5.67 ERA), and going back to his time with the Tampa Bay Rays, the right-hander has proven to be a sometimes electric bullpen option. The Royals don’t have the shortage of pitching that has plagued them in the past anymore, and hopefully, Davis will be able to pick up where he left off from Tampa after this move to the ‘pen.

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