Bubic is listed as the Royals' starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Brewers, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Due to off days over the next two Mondays and Sunday, the Royals could have gotten by with a four-man rotation until May 29 in Minnesota, but manager Mike Matheny has instead decided to give Bubic a look as the No. 5 starter. He'll join the rotation as a replacement for Daniel Lynch, who was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after failing to escape the third inning in a May 13 loss to Detroit. Bubic worked behind Lynch in long relief that day, striking out six over five scoreless frames. Bubic tossed 80 pitches in that outing, so he should be relatively stretched out heading into what will be his first start in the big leagues this season.
Bubic allowed three hits and four walks with six strikeouts over five scoreless innings in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Detroit. Bubic has worked well in a long-relief role -- he hasn't allowed a run in his last 11.2 innings across three appearances. The southpaw has a 1.42 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB across 12.2 innings overall. Bubic has experience as a starter, but he's walking a few too many batters to be truly dominant. Nonetheless, he could be an option for a spot start should such a situation arise.
Bubic pitched 5.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit and three walks with two strikeouts during Saturday's 9-1 loss to the White Sox. Starter Daniel Lynch couldn't make it through the first inning, so Bubic was eventually called upon to fulfill a long-relief assignment. He did so admirably in the longest of his three appearances this season. The 23-year-old worked as a starter in 2020, posting a 4.32 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 50 innings. This year, he's at a 2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings. If Lynch is removed from the rotation, Bubic could be a candidate for the fifth starter job.
Bubic allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout over one inning in Sunday's 13-4 loss to Minnesota. Bubic made his season debut Sunday, but Kansas City was outmatched in the game. The 23-year-old Bubic pitched to a 4.32 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 50 innings last season. He worked as a starter in 2020, but he's expected to fill a bullpen role for now.
Bubic was recalled from the Royals' alternate training site Saturday. Bubic was sent to the alternate training site in mid-March after he posted an 8.59 ERA and 2.45 WHIP in 7.1 innings this spring. The left-hander made 10 starts for Kansas City in 2020 and recorded a 4.32 ERA and 49:22 K:BB in 50 innings. While Bubic could fill in as a starter if Brady Singer (heel) misses time, he'll likely be available as a reliever in the immediate future.
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