After fielding a ball hit by Mike Aviles of the Boston Red Sox, Felipe Paulino #59 of the Kansas City Royals throws to first in the the third inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Aviles advanced to second on Paulino's throwing error. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
There hasn't been much to like about the Kansas City Royals' starting pitching this season. But since coming off a season-opening stint on the Disabled List, right-hander Felipe Paulino posted a 1.67 ERA in seven starts.
So now, of course, Paulino's going back on the DL. Last Wednesday, Paulino exited his start against the Twins in the first inning, with a groin injury. He's not progressed much since then, so he's been placed on the 15-day Disabled List. Right-hander Nate Adcock has been summoned from the minors -- this will be his fourth stint with the big club already this season -- and Luis Mendoza will take Paulino's place in the rotation, beginning Tuesday against the Brewers.
Paulino's loss leaves the Royals with seven players on the 15-day DL and three on the 60-day list. His loss also leave Bruce Chen as the undisputed "ace" of the Kansas City rotation, with no other contender in sight.