Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/9/12

Felipe Paulino is not on the disabled list -- at least not yet -- but he is also not in Pittsburgh with the rest of the Royals.

While the Royals were losing 4-2 Friday night to the Pirates, Paulino was in Kansas City getting treatment on his strained right groin.

Paulino left his Wednesday start against the Twins after two-thirds of an inning. He hurt the groin while backing up third base after Justin Morneau flied out. With an off day Thursday and another idle day Monday, Paulino is now scheduled to start Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Whether Paulino makes that start remains up in the air.

"We're still evaluating," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "I'm optimistic."

Moore said, "I'm keeping my fingers crossed," that Paulino won't have to go on the disabled list.

Manager Ned Yost acknowledged Friday there was a high degree of probability Paulino would miss his start. Luis Mendoza would be the probable starter Tuesday if Paulino can't go.

Paulino has been the Royals' best starter. He's got a 3-1 record with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts, including the abbreviated outing against Minnesota.

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