CHICAGO -- Royals reliever Greg Holland probably will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, manager Ned Yost said prior to Friday's series opener against the White Sox.

Holland, 26, threw one inning on Thursday night for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, striking out all three batters he faced. The right-hander threw 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes.

It was Holland's second strong rehab appearance while testing the rib injury that put him on the DL. Yost said Holland likely will return Saturday, barring anything crazy happening in the series opener.

"I would imagine, but if something happens [Friday] we'll have to wait and see," Yost said.

Holland is 0-2 with a 11.37 ERA in seven appearances this season, the last of which came on April 20, when he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks against the Blue Jays.

Yost said Holland will return to his regular late-inning role and "should be a big boost to our 'pen."

Yost looking for consistency from Hochevar

CHICAGO -- The biggest things missing from Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar's past two starts have been execution and consistency, manager Ned Yost said.

Hochevar, who is scheduled to start the second game of the three-game series against the White Sox on Saturday, is coming off consecutive poor outings. His last time out against the Yankees, Hochevar allowed seven runs on seven hits in only 2 1/3 innings. That start followed a four-inning, nine-run outing against Detroit.

Those two outings followed Hochevar's second quality start of the season and Yost said the righty simply needs to execute in order to avoid another sluggish start.

"He didn't execute the pitches, didn't make good pitches on days that he got hit, and did execute and make good pitches when he pitched really, really well," Yost said. "It's just a matter of consistency. Getting into a solid, consistent pattern of executing your pitches. Staying aggressive, stay ahead in the count, pitch in."

Dyson giving representative effort for KC

CHICAGO -- Jarrod Dyson has done a little bit of everything since becoming Kansas City's everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter.

The 27-year-old entered Friday's series opener against the White Sox hitting .300 with a triple and three stolen bases in 10 games since taking over the position.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Dyson's showing while Lorenzo Cain is on the disabled list with a left groin strain isn't "do-or-die" for Dyson's future, but the club is using the time to evaluate Dyson, who the organization chose in the 50th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

So far, so good, the manager said.

"He's done great," Yost said. "He's worked really hard on the adjustments that we've asked him to make, and he's been productive. He's been fine in the outfield and he's been great on the bases."

Crown points

• First baseman Eric Hosmer celebrated an anniversary on Friday. It was exactly one year ago that he hit his first Major League home run at Yankee Stadium in a 4-3, 11-inning Kansas City win.

• Closer Jonathan Broxton had allowed only four hits in his last six appearances entering Friday's series opener.

• Outfielder Alex Gordon entered Friday hitting .344 in his last 15 games against the White Sox.