Royals right-hander Jason Hammel will look to continue his recovery when he measures the Red Sox on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. Right-hand rookie Hector Velazquez, who was recently added to the Boston rotation, will be the one to start with the visitors.
Hammel struggled in his first eight starts of the year, leaving 1-7, .20 EFEC with the opposing team averaging .320 batting. But after an adjustment in his mechanics, with which he now uses more his shoulder, has been much better.
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In his last three starts he has 2-1 and 2.21 EFEC, with the opposing players hitting him .218.
“It really has adjusted,” said Royals manager Ned Yost. “Look good right now.”
Velázquez, 28, was signed from the Mexican League of the Pacific. He made an opening on May 18, allowed nine hits and six runs in the 8-3 loss to Oakland. Since then, has made a presentation as a reliever -3.1 blank entries to the Phillies. Velazquez left 1.29 EFEC in nine starts at Pawtucket (Triple A).
“Let’s face a team that is playing extremely well with a few bats on,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “So the location must be the key, particularly against a set that is hitting like this.”