Royals right handed pitcher Felipe Paulino will likely begin the season on the disabled list with a sore elbow. That move means that both Danny Duffy and Luis Mendoza will begin the season in the Kansas City starting rotation.
#Royals to put RHP Felipe Paulino on DL because of sore elbow; means Luis Mendoza and Danny Duffy make rotation.— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) March 28, 2012
Mendoza and Duffy will join a rotation that also includes Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar and former San Francisco Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez.
Paulino had allowed 10 earned runs in 11.2 innings this spring. Luis Mendoza has been the lone bright spot allowing just one earned run in 16.2 innings pitched thus far. Chen, Sanchez and Duffy haven't been overly impressive.