BP spends a few paragraphs discussing run deflation at Kauffman Stadium (yes, even with Messrs. May and Anderson having gopher ball contests every 4th and 5th day) and the chances that Big Cal (whom I am contractually obligated to always refer to as "Big Cal") will start.
You can read for yourself here.
They throw out the idea of trading away Mike Sweeney to get Pickering more time at DH. I'm not as high on this idea as most. Sweeney is a great marketing tool in the midwest, and he's proven himself as a big leaguer. He may be injury prone, but Pickering hasn't exactly put in a full 150 at the major league level yet.