SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Manager Ned Yost is about ready to let fans know how the Royals' rotation will shake out when the season begins.
Yost indicated he'd list the order of his rotation on Friday, following Thursday's off-day. He's leaning toward starting the year with five starters rather than four, generally possible in April due to several open dates during the first month.
"I'm probably going to roll five," Yost said. "Because, I think these guys are all going to throw 200 innings and I don't want them all worn out at the end. I want to give 'em their breaks when they get their breaks, I don't want to pound them too much early."
He's still pondering the fifth spot behind James Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis. It's between left-hander Bruce Chen and right-hander Luis Mendoza, with one going to the bullpen as a long reliever.
"I think Luis Mendoza is a perfect long guy, but he's a great starter, too," Yost said. "Even though we haven't seen Bruce as a long guy like we've seen Mendy as a long guy, I think he's capable of handling that spot well, too. We just have to look at all of our options Who fits better in the 'pen? Who fits better as a starter? There are a lot of things to consider."
Yost is also leaning toward seven pitchers in the bullpen, rather than eight, and a 12-man staff.
"That's fairly firm," he said.
With Greg Holland, Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera, Luke Hochevar and either Mendoza or Chen locked in, that leaves just one open spot.
The 12-man pitching staff also means there will be three bench spots for infielders and outfielders plus one backup catcher, and those final selections must be made.
Yost also has to decide on his second baseman between Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella.
Those decisions likely will come next week before the Royals break camp after the game on Friday. Yost doesn't want to hurry, though.
"I saw an interview one time with a fighter pilot, and they asked him: 'If your plane was crashing and you had 15 seconds until you hit the ground, what would you do?' The fighter pilot gave what I thought was a great answer," Yost said. "He said, `I'd consider all of my options for the first 13 seconds, then I would act.' That makes sense to me. You take your time. If you have time, to consider all of your options, then you make a decision."
Davis' solid return good news for Royals
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals received good news from right-hander Wade Davis on Wednesday.
Davis reported no more problems with his right shoulder after throwing four-plus innings in a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers.
"Nothing at all. It felt great," Davis said.
Davis had missed his scheduled third start due to shoulder soreness, then came back by pitching in a Minor League game. This was his first Cactus League outing since March 3.
"I thought it was OK," Davis said. "I got a little bit away from the attack mode there at the end and just lost a little bit of feel for the strike zone, but overall, I got my work done and that was really my biggest goal today -- get five up-and-downs, and we did."
Davis breezed through four innings, giving up one hit and two walks, but opened the fifth with two walks and a single to load the bases and his outing was ended at 64 pitches.
"He got a little fatigued out in there in the fifth inning, he got a little tired," manager Ned Yost said. "We wanted to take him to 65 pitches and we were right there, so I thought he did a great job. It was good for him to go out into that fifth and get that pitch count built up to where we needed it for his next time out."
Davis, though, denied he was tired.
"My release point got a little bit off, but that's something you can correct pretty quickly," he said.
Getting back into action against big league hitters took an adjustment.
"I had to slow myself down a little bit," Davis said. "I was a little jittery at the beginning and was a little jumpy in my delivery, but in the middle there, I really toned it down and made some good pitches."
And with no shoulder pain.
"If there was anything with the shoulder, we wouldn't have sent him out for the fifth inning," Yost said.
Showing of '42' to benefit Negro Leagues Museum
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A preview screening of "42," the new film about Jackie Robinson, on April 11 in Kansas City will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Kansas City Sports Commission.
The event will feature a VIP reception with actor Harrison Ford, who plays Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey in the film. Before Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, he spent the 1945 season playing for the Kansas City Monarchs, the famed Negro Leagues team.
As mayor Sly James would point out at a news conference on Wednesday: "Before Jackie was No. 42, he was No. 5 with the K.C. Monarchs."
The advance screening will take place at AMC BarryWoods 24, 8101 Roanridge Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64151. Events will include a pre-viewing Red Carpet VIP reception with Ford and co-star Andre Holland, and a post-viewing panel discussion moderated by sportswriter Joe Posnanski.
Individual tickets are available for $42 and $72 with multi-ticket VIP sponsorship packages at $10,000 and $25,000. Tickets must be purchased online by April 9 at 42kansascity.com.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.