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Relievers shoulder heavy workload

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The arms of Royals relievers may be falling off by August if April is any barometer.

The Kansas City bullpen -- which includes five rookies -- has been called upon to pitch 85 2/3 innings this season, matching the Blue Jays for the American League high for innings pitched.

With starter Kyle Davies getting knocked out in 3 1/3 innings Thursday night in an 8-2 loss to the Indians, manager Ned Yost had to summon his bullpen for 4 2/3 innings of work.

Rookie left-hander Tim Collins pitched 2 2/3 innings, while right-handers Blake Wood and Aaron Crow each tossed an inning. The trio allowed one hit while holding the Indians scoreless after Davies' quick exit.

In the past 13 games, Yost has called upon his relievers for 34 appearances and 41 2/3 innings. It is no doubt an overworked bullpen.

"I try to watch it," Yost said.

But when the starters fail to go deep into games, the bullpen phone keeps ringing and ringing.

Collins the only left-hander in the bullpen, has thrown 15 2/3 innings in 14 appearances, while Crow, who is also a rookie, has pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings.

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