An injury to another player can affect one’s role within an organization.
When it was announced that Luke Hochevar would undergo Tommy John surgery, thus ending his 2014 season, manager Ned Yost determined that it would be far more useful for Wade Davis to be used out of the bullpen.
Entering Spring Training, Davis had been a candidate to be a member of the starting rotation, having started 24 games for the Royals last season. In those 24 games, Davis went 8-11 with a 5.32 ERA. He became a member of the Royals when Tampa Bay traded him along with James Shields to Kansas City in exchange for Wil Meyers. In his final season with the Rays, Davis was a reliever, pitching in 54 games and putting up a 2.43 ERA. He also had about four K/9 higher as a reliever than a starter.
Ned Yost has said that Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura are the candidates to fill the remaining starter positions behind Shields, Jason Vargas, and Jeremy Guthrie. It has been rumored recently, however, that Ventura may be held back to keep his service time down.
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