Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed right-hander Jake Junis will be called up from Class AAA Omaha to make his second start of the season Tuesday against the Houston Astros. The club optioned relief Seth Maness to Omaha before Tuesday’s game to create a spot on the 25-man roster.
Junis, 24, made his first start May 21 in a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. He recorded four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, five hits and three walks.
With Royals ace Danny Duffy (oblique strain) sidelined for six to eight weeks and Nathan Karns (forearm stiffness) also on the 10-day disabled list, Yost continues to search for production on the mound.
“It’s availability,” Yost said. “Guys on the roster that have been doing good and that are available to pitch. He (Junis) met all that criteria.”
Junis, who was a 29th-round pick in the 2011 draft, has been impressive in seven starts at Omaha this year, compiling a 2.34 ERA over 42 1/3 innings. He could remain with the team and make another start in San Diego this weekend, when the Royals begin a nine-game West Coast road trip.
Junis was inside the team clubhouse Monday, but was not made available for comment.