CHICAGO -- Royals manager Ned Yost understands the tough situation the White Sox are going through with left-hander Chris Sale.
It's been a whirlwind eight days for the White Sox and Sale, who started Saturday's middle game at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale, 23, has gone from the rotation, to the team's closer and back to the rotation in a little more than a week.
Yost, speaking generically, said he thinks clubs have gotten away from developing starters -- instead placing good, young pitchers into the bullpen so they can help immediately. Yost and the Royals have done that themselves with right-handed reliever Aaron Crow, who was groomed as a starter before moving to the bullpen prior to last season.
Like with Sale and Crow, every situation is different. But Yost said the important thing is to make sure clubs are doing what's best for both themselves and the pitcher in the short and long term.
"You've got to what's best for the ballclub. You've got to try to do both," Yost said. "You've got to maintain the small picture to achieve the big picture. You've just got to kind of manipulate it to the best of your ability so it works best for both cases."
Moustakas out of lineup with tight hamstring
CHICAGO -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas wasn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox and left-hander Chris Sale.
Moustakas has been dealing with a tight hamstring since Wednesday, when he was scratched from the lineup against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester. The hamstring and Saturday's left-handed starter were the two reasons manager Ned Yost said he opted to sit Moustakas on Saturday.
"He got through the game pretty good [Friday] night, didn't hurt it any further than it was. He's about 85 percent," Yost said. "[With a] lefty going, it's a good day to give him a break."
Yost said he told Moustakas on Friday night that he wouldn't start at third base, noting Saturday's wet and slippery conditions weren't a factor in giving the third baseman the day off.
Irving Falu started at third base and batted seventh on Saturday.
Royals ink veteran lefty Davis to Minors deal
CHICAGO -- The Royals have signed veteran left-hander Doug Davis to a Minor League contract, the club announced on Saturday.
Davis will report to extended spring training to get into pitching shape before being assigned to Triple-A Omaha.
Davis, 36, made nine starts for the Cubs last season, going 1-7 with a 6.50 ERA before being released in June. He finished the season in the White Sox organization, going 2-5 with a 2.60 ERA in nine Triple-A starts.
Davis has pitched for the Rangers, Blue Jays, Brewers, D-backs and Cubs in his 13 Major League seasons, going 92-108 with a 4.44 ERA.
The Royals have yet to announce who will start in place of injured left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on Tuesday against the Rangers.
First baseman Eric Hosmer -- who entered Saturday's game hitting .056 (1-for-18) in his last five starts -- was lowered to sixth in the batting order. Hosmer had started 17 straight games as the cleanup hitter.
Frank Wills, who was selected by the Royals in the first round of the 1980 Draft, died on Friday in his native New Orleans. He was 53. Wills went 4-4 with a 4.65 ERA in 16 games (nine starts) for the Royals from 1983-84 before pitching seven more seasons with the Mariners, Indians and Blue Jays.