NEW YORK – Edinson Volquez remains on schedule to pitch Game 5 of the World Series for Kansas City.
The righthander has been in the Dominican Republic since Wednesday attending the funeral of his father, Daniel, who died Tuesday.
"He's still slated to pitch Game 5," manager Ned Yost said Friday. "We should see Eddie [Saturday]. He'll be ready to go."
Yost said Volquez sent a text message to pitching coach Dave Eiland, and "that everybody was good," Yost said.
Volquez left Kansas City the day after pitching Game 1 on Tuesday. He threw six innings and left with the score tied 3-3, a game the Royals won 5-4 in 14 innings.
After Volquez left the game, he met with his wife and made plans to leave the team. The Associated Press covered the memorial service and Volquez's comments left some doubt about his emotional readiness to pitch Sunday.
"I don't know if I'll be ready for that appearance," he said.
But Royals officials said Friday that they expect Volquez to take the mound, and he won't be impacted by not having thrown a side session in between starts.
"It's not unusual to not throw, to only play catch between starts this time of year," Kansas City General Manager Dayton Moore said.
McCutchen honored with Clemente Award
2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen was honored Friday with Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a player for positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
McCutchen founded "Cutch's Crew" in 2010 to assist inner-city youth baseball players and at-risk children in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh's only previous winner was Willie Stargell in 1974. Roberto Clemente, a Hall of Famer who played for the Pirates from 1955 to 1972, died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
"I feel like it kind of means a little more to me just because I wear a Pirate uniform," McCutchen said.
• Raul A. Mondesi became the first player to make his major league debut in the World Series. The 20-year-old pinch hit in the fifth inning Friday night with the Royals trailing 5-3. He struck out on four pitches. His father, Raul Mondesi, played 13 major league seasons without making a World Series.
• Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of Game 3.