The Vin Mazzaro plan has been scrapped or at least put on hold.
Manager Ned Yost announced at the end of spring training Mazzaro would be the Royals' No. 5 starter. Since the Royals did not need a fifth starter until April 16 against the Mariners because of three early off-days, Mazzaro would open the season in the minors and be recalled on that date.
Mazzaro, however, pitched his way out of the Kansas City rotation without a big league start.
In a Sunday start for Class AAA Omaha, Mazzaro walked seven, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch at Albuquerque. He permitted five runs and two hits, but the wildness was costly. He threw only 29 strikes in 63 pitches, while facing 17 batters before being pulled.
Yost and the Royals have opted to keep Mazzaro at Omaha for at least one or two more starts with hopes he can throw more strikes before they bring him up to the majors.
Mazzaro was acquired in a trade last November from the Athletics for outfielder David DeJesus. In five spring training starts, Mazzaro was 1-1 with a 6.06 earned run average, allowing 28 hits in 16 1/3 innings, while striking out 10 and walking seven. Opponents hit .368 against him.
Mazzaro, a 24 year-old right-hander, was 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 24 games, 18 of them starts, last season with the A's.
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