Kyle Drabek was about to leave the mound at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night, another eventful search for the strike zone halted after 5-1/3 innings, when his manager physically interrupted his quick exit to the clubhouse.

John Farrell, the Jays skipper, laid hands on Drabek, as if to say, "Don't go anywhere, son — I've got something to say to you." Then Farrell proceeded to have a brief chat with his struggling 23-year-old starter.

Professional lip readers might have an idea of what was said. Presumably, "Enjoy Las Vegas," wasn't part of Farrell's monologue. But after another shaky outing from Drabek, perhaps a stint in triple-A will be in his near future. On a night when Drabek continued to struggle with his control — he tied a franchise record with four wild pitches, all of which contributed to Royals runs, and he walked three — he also allowed one of the American League's bottom feeders to ring him up for five earned runs.