Want to get a rise out of Royals manager Ned Yost?

Suggest he is now blessed with an abundance of pitching – or say, specifically, that he faces some interesting decisions if and when Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino return, as projected, at mid-season in their recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Prepare to stand back and hold on.

“It’s the start of spring training,” Yost growls. “I don’t care what happens in July. You know what? You cannot get enough starting pitching. You cannot have enough of it.

“Over the course of the year, something always happens, and you’re always going to need it. What Duffy and Paulino are, are insurance policies that come as a benefit to us around the All-Star break.

“Things will be different by then, but it’s nothing to worry about right now. It’s not a subject that even needs to be broached now. If some person wants to know right now...why?

Well, yes, things happen.

A year ago, Duffy and Paulino were the two best starters in the Royals’ rotation before major elbow injuries derailed both in a 25-day span from mid-May to early June.