Royals manager Ned Yost said over a week ago he stopped paying attention to the standings, instead waiting for his team to possibly get hot enough to make a daily peak at the standings meaningful again.
That hasn't happened, either. The Royals have lost seven of nine.
But Yost said he will continue to manage the same way, making each game and win a priority, and not start looking toward 2017.
The Royals, as of now, won't be calling up younger players to perhaps find out who can be an asset next season.
"We're still trying to win games," Yost said. "That was obvious [Friday] night when we pinch-hit for [Raul] Mondesi [in the ninth inning]. If I was geared for '17, he would have taken that at-bat."
The Royals did bring up rookie left-hander Matt Strahm, who has been impressive in his last two outings in high-leverage situations. But that's pretty much where the experimentation will end with younger players.
"Just go day to day with it," Yost said. "Not a lot of choices."
Skipping Gee With Monday's off-day, Yost said he will skip No. 5 starter Dillon Gee on the next turn through the rotation. Left-hander Danny Duffy will pitch on his fifth day, on Thursday, which would have been Gee's spot.