Kansas City Royals starter Brady Singer is not expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Singer, 27, is experiencing some arm fatigue. He underwent some additional testing and his results came back clean. The Royals plan to give him extended rest with hopes he can be ready for his next turn in the rotation.
“I’m thankful he feels a lot better,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “We’ve all seen the last couple of outings have been a struggle. He is getting fatigued at this time of year. We just think the best course of action is to skip a start and get him back in there.”
Singer pitched four innings Friday against the Seattle Mariners. He allowed four runs on nine hits before exiting the game. Singer also pitched just 3 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs earlier on the Royals’ nine-game road trip.
In Friday’s start, Singer did have a slight dip in velocity. His sinker, slider and changeup were down from their yearly averages. The sinker generated just three whiffs and six called strikes against the Mariners.
“The stuff wasn’t as good where I could get that swing and miss on some pitches,” Singer said postgame on Friday.
The Royals have dealt with injuries to key starters this year. KC is without Kris Bubic, Daniel Lynch IV and Brad Keller in the starting rotation. Bubic had Tommy John Surgery while both Keller and Lynch hope to return this season.
Royals general manager J.J. Picollo was glad to receive positive news regarding Singer’s injury. He said that Singer will not require a stint on the injury list.
“We are breathing a little bit easier after that MRI,” Picollo said.
The Royals will continue to evaluate Singer’s innings down the stretch. They hope he can continue to make starts in September.
“We are aware where we are in the standings and we are going to do what’s right for Brady,” Picollo said. “We are not going to put him in situations that could adversely affect his career.”
Singer has made 26 starts this season. He has pitched 143 1/3 innings and posted an 8-10 record with a 5.15 ERA.
The Royals were set to begin a three-game series with the Pirates at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night.