Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/23/12

After spending his first night as a major-leaguer in the bullpen, left-hander Will Smith make a spot start for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium.

Smith was promoted from Class AAA Omaha, where he was 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in nine starts. He had allowed 65 hits and 13 walks while striking out 37 in 51 2/3 innings.

"We want to see what Will Smith can do," manager Ned Yost said. "His numbers aren't like eye-popping, but he's been throwing better. He developed a slider last year, and he's starting to put it all together. He's got a lot of maturity and composure."

Smith wasn't needed in long relief Tuesday in the Royals' 3-2 loss to the Yankees, so he will start against New York in place of right-hander Luis Mendoza.

In his final two Pacific Coast League starts, Smith gave up three earned runs and 14 hits in 14 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.

Smith was 13-9 with a 3.85 ERA last season with Class AA Northwest Arkansas, leading the Texas League in innings (161 1/3) and victories.

The Royals acquired Smith, 22, in a July 22, 2010, trade with the Angels. Smith and right-hander Sean O'Sullivan came to Kansas City in exchange for infielder Alberto Callaspo.

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