Jonathan Sanchez has endured a rough start to his tenure with the Kansas City Royals.
The veteran left-hander hopes to turn things around Wednesday night, when he is expected to come off the disabled list to make his first start in more than a month and face the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.
Traded by San Francisco in the offseason deal that sent Melky Cabrera to the Giants, Sanchez (1-2, 6.75 ERA) won his Kansas City debut April 8 but struggled throughout most of his next five outings before landing on the DL with biceps tendinitis. He gave up six runs and two homers in three-plus innings in his last start, an 11-5 loss to Boston on May 7.
Sanchez, who walked 22 batters in 25 1-3 innings before the injury, hopes for a fresh start when he returns to the mound Wednesday. Following Tuesday's 2-1 win over Milwaukee, Royals manager Ned Yost said the team will activate Sanchez after he allowed three runs on two homers in five innings for Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
Sanchez, 1-1 with a 6.82 ERA in six starts versus Milwaukee, will try to help the Royals (25-34) win back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game run May 29-June 1.
Luis Mendoza no-hit the Brewers through the first six innings before allowing a run in the seventh, then three relievers held down Milwaukee to help Kansas City snap a four-game skid Tuesday despite a strong performance by former Royals ace Zack Greinke.
Billy Butler had two hits, including a go-ahead single in the eighth to help Kansas City win for the third time in its last 13 interleague games dating back to last year.
"They had an opportunity, and they came through. Butler got a hit," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "That was it."
Butler is batting .450 (9 for 20) in his last five home games.
Struggling second baseman Rickie Weeks had two hits with an RBI on Tuesday for Milwaukee (28-33), which lost for the eighth time in its last 10 games against AL opponents.
Ryan Braun broke up Mendoza's no-hit bid in the seventh to extend his interleague hitting streak to 17 games. The reigning NL MVP is batting .413 during that stretch, but is a modest 3 for 11 with a double against Sanchez.
Milwaukee veteran Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.45) takes the mound Wednesday against the Royals, the only team in the majors he has not faced during his 14-year career.
The left-hander is 0-3 in seven starts since winning at San Diego on April 30, but has a 4.57 ERA during that stretch. Wolf allowed an unearned run and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings of the Brewers' 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Cubs on Thursday.
"He's frustrated," Roenicke told the Brewers' official website. "He wants to get this thing going and get locked in like he usually does. And (his last start), for me, was very important for him."
Wolf, who has spent his entire career in the NL, is 10-13 with a 3.99 ERA in 31 interleague starts.