KANSAS CITY -- After leaving Tuesday night's game with an injury, Royals starter Anthony Lerew is unlikely to make his next start.

Lerew was struck in the ribs and right biceps by a line drive in the second inning, and a day later, the right-hander was pretty sore.

After Wednesday's game, manager Ned Yost said the Royals would have Lerew throw on Thursday in New York, and then be re-evaluated.

Although Lerew threw Wednesday and felt OK, Yost said before the game that it was unlikely the hurler would start Sunday against the Yankees.

"To be quite honest with you, I don't see it happening," Yost said. "He's pretty sore. We'll just have to wait and see. He's day-to-day."

Texeira continues to play key role for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- When there's a mess, the Royals look to reliever Kanekoa Texeira to clean it up.

As Kansas City's long reliever, Texeira is often called on early in the game -- such as Tuesday night's 13-1 loss to Toronto, when starter Anthony Lerew left the game in the second inning -- to bail the Royals out of a jam.

"So far this year, I pretty much know when I'm coming in," Texeira said. "When things go wrong, I got to go eat some innings, and I'm down for that. If they want me to do that, I'll do it."

Texeira is 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA through 29 games (41 1/3 innings), and he is willing to do whatever the Royals ask of him.

"Wherever they throw me in, I'm ready to do it," he said. "Picking up the pieces is what I've been doing lately, and there's nothing wrong with that. That's my job and I'll stick to it."

Texeira has dreams of becoming a starter, but for the time being, he will do his job as long reliever when called upon.

"I believe most long relievers turn into starters sooner or later, so if I become a starter, then I become a starter," Texeira said. "I throw five pitches, so I should be a starter, but being a long reliever is fine."

Majors' homer leader was once in KC blue

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals had their chance at the man who blasted them for five RBIs in Tuesday night's 13-1 loss.

Kansas City had Jose Bautista in 2004, but for just a brief time. The Royals acquired him from the Rays on June 28, and traded him to the Mets just a month later on July 30.

Bautista played for four different teams as a rookie in '04, and hit .200 (5-for-25) with an RBI for the Royals through 13 games. Six years later, he leads the Majors with 26 home runs.

"I didn't really understand why all the decisions were being made," Bautista said of his rookie experience. "Now, looking back, I understand. Coming from [Class A] ball and being on a big league roster, I was just happy to be here."

Bautista said he holds no hostility toward the Royals' organization for trading him after such a short time.

"You just try to focus on your situation at the time," Bautista said. "Right now, I'm just trying to focus on winning games for the Blue Jays. I'm not out to prove the Royals wrong specifically. I'm trying to prove to everybody that I'm capable of doing this."

Ankiel expected to return from DL Thursday

KANSAS CITY -- Royals center fielder Rick Ankiel is expected to rejoin the team Thursday in New York.

Ankiel was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a right quad strain, and he has had two rehab stints at Triple-A Omaha since.

With starting pitcher Anthony Lerew going down with an injury Tuesday, Royals manager Ned Yost said the team might send Lerew to the DL to make room for Ankiel, and then bring up another pitcher Sunday for Lerew's start.

"My thinking right now is that Ankiel is due to come back here very soon," Yost said. "If we have to DL [Lerew], then we'll put Ankiel in his spot, and then on Sunday, we'll have to make a decision and make a roster move to bring up another pitcher."

Ankiel is expected to play center field, shifting David DeJesus back to right field. Through 17 games in Omaha, Ankiel is hitting .270 with four homers and nine RBIs.

After signing a one-year, $2.25 million deal with a $3.75 million option for 2011 to the be the Royals' everyday center fielder, Ankiel appeared in 19 games before sustaining his injury, hitting .210 with three homers and nine RBIs.

Kendall brings out lineup card on off-day

KANSAS CITY -- Bringing out the lineup card to home plate-umpire Mike Estabrook for the Royals on Wednesday was catcher Jason Kendall, who had the day off.

The irony here is that on June 3, Kendall and home-plate umpire Mike Estabrook exchanged words on a ball-strike call. Estabrook then crouched down in front of Kendall and the two argued.

Royals manager Ned Yost then came out to argue with Estabrook and was ejected from the game.