KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Aaron Crow is going to the All-Star Game as a reliever, but manager Ned Yost hints that this might be his last selection in that role.
"I quite frankly think he's going to be a pretty good starter down the road," Yost said.
Crow developed into closer Joakim Soria's primary setup man after the Royals decided to try the Minor League starter as a Major League reliever this year.
"We can always find somebody, for the most part, to get three outs or six outs," Yost said. "Our problems lie in guys getting 18 or 20 or 21 outs. And that's what we're looking for, we're looking for guys that can come in and solidify our starting rotation . . . and he's a kid that can do that."
But not this season.
"We don't want to throw that at him now," Yost said. "If we do this, it'll probably be next spring."
No. 1 pick Starling may don football uniform
KANSAS CITY -- Bubba Starling, the Royals' No. 1 Draft pick, might soon be lofting passes at the University of Nebraska, but that's not a pursuit the baseball team would like to see him follow.
Starling, according to the Kansas City Star, is expected to go to Lincoln, Neb., to begin workouts as a quarterback with the Cornhuskers on Saturday.
"Every negotiation has its own unique set of circumstances," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "This one is a little more unique, obviously, because of the complexities of being a dual-sport athlete and one that's being recruited to play football for a major Division I school. But it's not unique in the sense that these things take time."
Moore said he remains confident that Starling, a power-hitting outfielder, will sign with the Royals.
"Every player that we drafted, that we feel like can help us win a championship in the Major Leagues, we'll be aggressive to get him signed," Moore said.
Moore was asked if it was possible that Starling could play college football in the fall and pro baseball in the summer.
"That's possible," Moore said. "But not something we could consider. This game is tough. You've got to commit."
Kansas City, of course, still remembers when Bo Jackson's promising baseball career with the Royals was cut short when he was injured also playing pro football for the Los Angeles Raiders.
The Royals have until Aug. 15 to sign Starling, an area high school legend in Gardner, Kan.
"We've come a few steps closer to making a decision, but I haven't made a final choice yet," Starling told the Star.
Duffy sent to Omaha; Teaford recalled
KANSAS CITY -- Left-handed reliever Everett Teaford gets his second chance with the Royals, called up on Thursday night to replace the temporarily demoted Danny Duffy.
Duffy was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after Thursday night's 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers and will make one start for the Storm Chasers, then return to the Royals and face Chicago on July 19.
"It's what's best for the team, man," Duffy said. "We get another arm in the bullpen and I don't fret over that. I'll go down to Omaha and do what I have to do in that start, work out a couple days, and come back and do it against the White Sox on the 19th."
Teaford pitched for the Royals earlier this season with no record but a 2.84 ERA in 14 games. He gave up 10 hits and four runs in 12 2/3 innings.
For Omaha, Teaford has a 3-1 record and 2.90 ERA in 13 games, including three starts.
Duffy will return to start against Chicago as the last link in the Royals' six-man rotation. Tenatively after the break, Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Jeff Francis and Felipe Paulino are lined up to start the four games at Minnesota with Kyle Davies going in the series opener against the White Sox.
Giavotella named PCL Player of Month for June
KANSAS CITY -- Omaha second baseman Johnny Giavotella was named the Topps Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for June.
Giavotella batted .398 (49-for-123) in the month with four home runs and 25 RBIs. He also had 14 doubles and scored 20 runs.
A second-round pick in the 2008 Draft, Giavotella will turn 24 on Sunday. He'll start for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday at Salt Lake City.
His overall average is .321 with seven homers, 61 RBIs in 86 games.
Billy Butler, Jeff Francis, Mitch Maier and Matt Treanor will participate in a "Buses for Baseball" event before Friday night's game against the Tigers. They'll welcome 50 children from Butler's Hit-It-A-Ton Campaign which benefits the Bishop Sullivan Center food pantries. The event is sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.
First baseman Jake Kuebler belted three home runs against three different Wisconsin pitchers in Class A Kane County's 10-7 victory. He is a cousin of the Royals' Alex Gordon. That burst gave him five homers with a .205 average in 39 games.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.