The bad news continues for the KC Royals. Starting pitching has been a MAJOR disappointment early on this season and two of their struggling right-handers are now headed to the DL.
Chris Young, who was being replaced in the rotation by Dillon Gee on Saturday, was placed on the DL with a forearm strain. His velocity has dropped and he continues to give up the long ball. Kris Medlen was placed on the DL with right rotator cuff inflammation. Not good news for a guy coming back from his second Tommy John surgery.
Young and Medlen went back-to-back in the Royals rotation and were taxing the bullpen (thankfully, Yordano Ventura finally pitched well last night).
To replace those two, the Royals called up two relievers from Triple-A Omaha: lefty Scott Alexander and right-hander Peter Moylan. Moylan was added to the 40-man roster, taking the place of shortstop Raul Mondesi, who is on the restricted list.
Alexander allowed runs for the first time in six outings on May 9th (his last appearance). He has walked just one over his last six appearances. Overall, he has allowed six runs (four earned) on 13 hits and four walks over 14 innings. Alexander has struck out eight.
So why Moylan and not Brian Duensing, even though Duensing’s opt-out date is Sunday? Well, Duensing has not pitched well of late (6IP, 9H, 6R, 3BB, 5K in May). He has allowed runs in three of his last four appearances and given up a boatload of inherited runs. Opponents are hitting .232 against him and have struck out 17 times in 18.1 innings.
Meanwhile, Moylan has allowed just one earned run all season, in 12.2 innings. He is also 5-for-5 in save opportunities (not like the Royals need a closer). Opponents are hitting just .182 against him and have struck out ten times.
With Double-A NW Arkansas and High-A Wilmington already a man down on their rosters, it will be interesting to see where the Storm Chasers get their players from. Reliever Clayton Mortensen could be activated from the inactive list and Aroni Nina could come off the DL (does anyone know what he hurt?).