Royals place Chris Young and Kris Medlen on the disabled list

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The Royals announced on Thursday the club has placed pitchers Chris Young and Kris Medlen on the disabled list. Pitchers Scott Alexander and Peter Moylan have been promoted from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster space.

Young, 37, has a strained muscle in his right forearm. The veteran has had a rough start to the year, owning a 6.68 ERA over seven starts. In his most recent start on Monday against the Yankees, he gave up five solo home runs and lasted only 2 2/3 innings.

Medlen, 30, has inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He lasted only two innings in his most recent start on Tuesday against the Yankees and now stands with a 7.77 ERA in six starts.

It’s been a rough year so far for the defending world champs. The Royals are 16-17, six games back in third place in the AL Central.