The biggest challenge facing the Royals the rest of the season, beside trying to crawl back to .500, will be finding some healthy and competent bodies to settle into the rotation below Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen.
And at this point, the Royals may not be that picky.
The Cardinals' bashing of the Royals last weekend exposed the 3-4-5 trio of Vin Mazzaro, Luis Mendoza and Jonathan Sanchez for all its weaknesses.
And the season-ending injuries to Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino have left general manager Dayton Moore scrambling for solutions.
It's going to be a work in progress from here on, Moore said. I wish I had the answers. If I had the answers I would make the moves right this second. But I don't.
For now, Sanchez and his unsightly 6.21 ERA will stay in the rotation. So, apparently will Mendoza, who at times has looked like the answer at the No. 5 spot, but too often follows a solid outing by an awful one.
Mazzaro, apparently, will head to the bullpen, along with his 5.24 ER...