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Strahm settling back in with Royals' bullpen

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KANSAS CITY -- Lost in the drama of an eighth-inning blown save by Joakim Soria on Friday night against the Twins was another solid outing from Royals left-hander Matt Strahm.

Strahm retired all four hitters he faced on Friday and again on Sunday. And since coming back from his early-season demotion to Triple-A Omaha, Strahm hasn't allowed a run and retired 12 of the 13 hitters he has faced.

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KANSAS CITY -- Lost in the drama of an eighth-inning blown save by Joakim Soria on Friday night against the Twins was another solid outing from Royals left-hander Matt Strahm.

Strahm retired all four hitters he faced on Friday and again on Sunday. And since coming back from his early-season demotion to Triple-A Omaha, Strahm hasn't allowed a run and retired 12 of the 13 hitters he has faced.

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"I'm very happy with the results we've gotten from him," manager Ned Yost said before Sunday's series finale. "The period we had to send him down to get back on track really worked.

"We wanted to put him in a low-leverage situation to start out and from that point on it's just been 'put him back in the fire.' He's been very good."

Going slow with Soler
The Royals have indicated they are in no rush to bring back outfielder Jorge Soler, who is on a rehab assignment with Omaha. Soler, who is recovering from a left oblique strain, can stay on rehab through May 10.

"He was out almost a month with the injury," Yost said "You don't want to bring him back too soon and have him get hurt again. He needs to get his swing down, maybe get hot. We're covered."

Soler is hitting .250 with two home runs through seven games at Omaha. Rookie Jorge Bonifacio has replaced Soler in the lineup recently and is hitting .300 with one home run and two RBIs.

Rotation stays intact
With Saturday's rainout, Yost indicated he will not skip anyone in the rotation. Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy, Nathan Karns and Ian Kennedy will stay in their order starting on Monday against the White Sox.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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