Royals expect Edinson Volquez to return on Saturday and start Game 5

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Royals manager Ned Yost says the team expects starter Edinson Volquez to return on Saturday and start Game 5 of the World Series against the Mets on Sunday,’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Volquez had left the team after his start on Tuesday in Game 1 after learning that his father had died.

Volquez allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings versus the Mets. The Royals tied the game late and eventually won in the 14th inning. Overall this post-season, the right-hander has a 4.37 ERA and an 18/13 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings.

Volquez is expected to match up again with Mets right-hander Matt Harvey in Game 5.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.