One day after starter Chris Young allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings, his ERA ballooning to 6.90 this season, Royals manager Ned Yost remained mum on the veteran’s place in the starting rotation.
Young is scheduled to start on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Sitting in his office here at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, Yost said club officials would talk through the decision on Thursday, after the team returns home to Kansas City.
“We haven’t even discussed it,” Yost said. “We’ll wait until we get home.”
On Tuesday, Young dropped to 2-8 on the season and allowed four more homers. In 60 innings this season, he has allowed a league-leading 26 home runs. But if the Royals are looking for a spot starter, their options could be limited.
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Right-hander Kris Medlen suffered a shoulder strain on Tuesday during a start for Class AAA Omaha. Left-hander Mike Minor remains with the big-league club, waiting to go back out on a rehab assignment. He threw a side session on Tuesday.
Yost mentioned long reliever Dillon Gee and left-hander Brian Flynn as possible options. Gee made four starts earlier this season when Young was on the disabled list with a forearm strain. He allowed 13 runs in 19 1/3 innings. Flynn, who made five total starts for the Miami Marlins in 2013 and 2014, has posted a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings out of the bullpen.
Right-hander Alec Mills, who made his big-league debut earlier this season, could also be an option to make a start, but he threw 108 pitches for Class AAA Omaha on Wednesday.
Other members of the 40-man roster include Miguel Almonte, who has been working out of the bullpen in his last three appearances at Omaha, and left-hander Matt Strahm, who allowed two runs (zero earned) while starting for Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday. Strahm had eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.