Odds and Ends
*Interim manager Juan Samuel confirmed Brian Matusz will make his next start.
*Royals manager Ned Yost said he considered pitching around Ty Wigginton in the 11th inning of last night’s game, before deciding otherwise.
“I felt right-on-right that [Blake] Woody would have a better opportunity to get a ground ball with Wigginton than he would with [Luke] Scott,” Yost said. “So the plan going into it was to keep the ball down, get a ground ball on Wigginton, keep the runner at third. Then we would walk Scott and face Jones. I felt our percentages were a little higher in that scenario.”
Wigginton went on to hit the game-winning sacrifice fly. That’s why hindsight is always 20-20.
*The O’s inked two more picks from this year’s Draft, eighth-rounder Wynston Sawyer and 10th-round pick Clayton Schrader.
*Reliever Jim Johnson threw a simulated game on Thursday and will throw a bullpen on Saturday with a rehab game in the Gulf Coast League tentatively scheduled for Monday. Johnson said he was a little rusty, but is happy with the way things are progressing.