Royals’ Chris Young to have an MRI on his arm

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Royals starter Chris Young was rather hittable during Monday’s loss to the Yankees. The right-hander recorded only eight outs while surrendering five solo home runs, bumping his major league-leading total to 13. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Young will fly back to Kansas City to undergo an MRI on his arm.

Young said he has been dealing with forearm pain since the end of spring training, per Flanagan. Young said, “I’ve had to change how I take off my shoes, brush my teeth, take off my shirt…” to deal with the pain.

Young was slated to start on Saturday against the Braves, but Dillon Gee will pitch in his place.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.