Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox last week.

Volquez was to start serving his suspension against Cleveland on Monday night.

“It was the right time to do it since I pitched yesterday,” said Volquez, who went 5? innings and was the losing pitcher Sunday against Chicago.

Volquez was among four Royals players suspended for their actions in the fight last Thursday. Pitcher Yordano Ventura was given a seven-game penalty, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera received two-game bans. All the players initially appealed.

“You’ve got to protect your teammate,” Volquez said. “I’m good. It’s all good.”

Volquez is eligible to return Saturday when the Royals play Detroit.

“This is a pretty big stretch for us, so we just wanted to get it out of the way,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Chicago pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzjia each were suspended five games.

Herrera also was suspended five games for throwing behind Oakland’s Brett Lawrie on April 19.

Yankees see progress

New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has thrown a simulated game and says he could pitch in an extended spring training game on Saturday.

Nova is coming back from elbow ligament replacement surgery a year ago.

The right-hander threw 12 of 15 pitches for strikes during a scoreless inning against minor leaguers Monday and appears on target to be back in June.

“Felt awesome,” Nova said. “I’m happy with the progress I’m making. Every pitch was right where I wanted it.”

Nova is 40-22 in parts of five major league seasons.

Left-hander Chris Capuano, who strained his right quadriceps during spring training, struck out seven and gave up one hit over the equivalent of four shutout innings against Philadelphia minor leaguers in his second extended spring game.

Capuano is expected back in mid-May.

Infielder Brendan Ryan, out with a calf injury, got two hits in his first extended spring game. He played five innings at shortstop.

Cardinals’ Wainwright out

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season because of a torn left Achilles tendon.

Wainwright will have surgery later this week, likely Thursday, and recovery time is generally 9 to 12 months.

“Unfortunate news, but not unexpected after what we saw,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said before the Cardinals played Philadelphia.

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard also had a similar injury, sustained on the final out of the 2011 Division Series against St. Louis. Howard missed the first half of the following season.

“Totally been there,” Howard said.

Wainwright was hurt while batting Saturday in Milwaukee. This is the second major injury of Wainwright’s career. The right-hander missed the 2011 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

He was not at Busch Stadium on Monday. Mozeliak said the pitcher received multiple medical opinions.

Scherzer not making start

Max Scherzer will not make his scheduled start for Washington against Atlanta on Tuesday night because of a sprained right thumb.

Manager Matt Williams said Scherzer may be ready to start within a few days.

“I would think that before another five days he’d be OK to go,” Williams said Monday. “We have to get him on a [mound] and make sure he can throw all his pitches. So that may happen tomorrow.”

Williams said Scherzer had difficulty throwing his slider due to the thumb, which the pitcher jammed while batting against St. Louis on Thursday. Scherzer could not throw in the bullpen session Sunday.

In the first year of a $210 million, seven-year contract, Scherzer is 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA in four starts.

Williams said he did not intend to announce a replacement starter until after Monday night’s game against the Braves. He said right-hander Tanner Roark, who has made six relief appearances, could start but might last only 50 to 60 pitches.

Roark was 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 31 starts last year.