Kevin Correia looked like he was trending in the right direction through his first three starts of July. But it's been all downhill for the right-hander since the All-Star break.
In two starts since the Midsummer Classic -- both of which have lasted four innings -- Correia has allowed a total of 10 earned runs on 17 hits and opponents are hitting .415 against him. He'll try to reverse that trend on the final day of July when he takes the ball for the Twins in their series finale against the Royals.
Correia's last outing was his 13th loss of the season, matching a career high. And though he's been roughed up lately, he had a 2.37 ERA in his initial trio of July appearances, and a 3.22 ERA spanning 11 starts prior to the All-Star break.
"Physically, I felt good," Correia said. "It's just two bad starts in a row. I need to get on another good run. I wasn't out there questioning what I was doing."
In the final season of a two-year, $10 million deal, Correia was a name thrown around as a potential trade candidate, but, given his recent struggles, it's more likely he'd be part of a waiver deal in August if he's moved at all.
Facing Correia will be Royals righty Yordano Ventura, who has had some forgettable outings of his own lately. Ventura threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the last game before the All-Star Game, but in his last three starts, he has a 7.47 ERA and has surrendered 20 hits and nine walks in 15 2/3 innings.
The good news for Ventura is that his last outing was his strongest in a while. He went 6 1/3 innings, struck out seven and allowed four runs (three earned) in a no-decision against the Indians.
Royals: Team parts way with Saunders after four Triple-A appearances
The Royals released left-hander Joe Saunders on Tuesday after he was ineffective in four starts with Triple-A Omaha.
Saunders, 33, had a 6.75 ERA and a 1.714 WHIP, allowing 27 hits in 18 2/3 innings for the Royals top Minor League affiliate. Saunders made eight starts for the Rangers this season, compiling an 0-5 record and 6.13 ERA before they parted ways with him a month ago.
A 10-year Major League veteran, Saunders has pitched for five teams in his career, spending six seasons with the Angels. He is 89-86 with a career ERA of 4.35 and was selected to the American League All-Star team in 2008.
Twins: Arcia back with team after birth of son
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia didn't play Wednesday, but he was with the team after missing Tuesday's game to be with his wife, Karla, for the birth of their son.
Their son, Oswell Daniel, was born around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning and Arcia noted he weighed more than seven pounds. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he wanted to give Arcia more time and he was also out of the lineup against lefty Danny Duffy.
Arcia, a left-handed hitter, is hitting just .158/.250/.263 against southpaws this season.
"He's a very happy papa but we wanted to give him time to regroup and gather himself here," Gardenhire said. "He's gone through a lot lately. Plus, it's a pretty tough lefty [Danny Duffy] out there."
• The Royals do not face an interdivisional opponent other than the Twins until hosting the Indians on Aug. 29.
• Sam Fuld has reached base safely in 18 of 22 games (with a plate appearance) this month. He is also 24-for-67 in July.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.