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.

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.