Rainout: Royals would have preferred another crack at Yankees on Monday

Ned Yost and his troops were hoping to continue riding their recent wave of success Monday night against the Yankees. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature.

Alcides Escobar and the Royals have won seven of their last 11 games. 

Charlie Riedel / AP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This is not what Royals skipper Ned Yost and Co. had in mind -- a rainout Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals and Yankees were postponed, with a makeup date set for Aug. 25.   

Meanwhile, Yost and his troops were hoping to continue riding their recent wave of success -- the Royals are playing some of their best baseball of the season and have won seven of 11.

"Anytime you're playing well, you hate to get a rainout," Yost said. "But nothing you can do about it."

Jason Vargas, scheduled to pitch Monday, will be pushed back to Tuesday night against Cleveland at The K. The whole rotation simply will slide back a day.

The Royals also made a roster move Monday, sending right-hander Wilking Rodriguez to Omaha and calling up left-hander Donnie Joseph.

"We need another left-hander to face Cleveland," Yost said. "They've got a lot of tough left-handers in that lineup."

Joseph had a 3.91 ERA in 17 appearances with Omaha. He did have 28 strikeouts in 23 innings, but also issued 14 walks.

In two appearances and two innings of work with the Royals, Rodriguez gave up one hit and walked one.

"He looked good," Yost said. "I'm sure we'll need him again."

The rainout wasn't all bad news for the Royals, who now should have a fully rested bullpen for the two-game Indians series.

And the rainout provided an off day for Sal Perez, who wasn't in Monday's lineup, as well as Omar Infante and Alex Gordon.

"We'll get rested, and take advantage of that," Yost said.

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