Scott Elarton missed nine months because of shoulder surgery and rehab starts and is still trying to regain consistent mechanics. So far, the results haven't been pretty, but he will have another chance to turn his season around Tuesday night against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. A win would yield a season-high three straight wins for KC.
Elarton has not surpassed six innings in any of his seven starts this season -- and has allowed four or more earned runs in his last six outings. For the year, Elarton has permitted 11 homers, 18 walks and 32 hits in 32 2/3 innings. Pitching coach Bob McClure said Elarton is trying to make a couple of changes.
"Hopefully we have figured it out, we have narrowed it down," McClure said. "There are little mechanical adjustments to make."
Kansas City, coming off its second straight win, is hoping the changes yield results -- and another win. In the last three games, the starting rotation has worked at least six innings, compiling a 3.15 ERA. The longer starts have kept the bullpen fresh and excellent -- posting a 1.74 mark in those games.
KC: RHP Scott Elarton (2-2, 8.54 ERA)
Elarton had his poorest start on Thursday since coming off the disabled list on May 12. He lasted just two-plus innings against the Cardinals and gave up six runs. Chris Duncan's three-run blast was the 11th homer that Elarton has given up in 32 2/3 innings. He's also had trouble locating the plate, issuing 18 walks. Duncan, by the way, has two homers in three at-bats against Elarton.
Complete coverage > STL: RHP Kip Wells (2-11, 6.93 ERA)
Wells had his worst start of the year last time out, against the Royals. The righty lasted just 1 1/3 innings and gave up six runs at Kauffman Stadium. He struggled with his command, walking four batters. Wells is 3-3 lifetime against the Royals with an ERA above 10.