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Chris Young plans to make spring debut for Royals on Friday

Chris Young (left), who met first-base coach Rusty Kuntz after signing with Kansas City on Saturday, plans to pitch in his first game as a Royal in Friday’s Cactus League contest against Oakland.
Chris Young (left), who met first-base coach Rusty Kuntz after signing with Kansas City on Saturday, plans to pitch in his first game as a Royal in Friday’s Cactus League contest against Oakland. The Kansas City Star

After throwing live batting practice on Tuesday, Chris Young plans to pitch in his first game as a Royal in Friday’s Cactus League contest against Oakland.

Young sounded content after his workout ended on Tuesday.

“It went well,” Young said. “A little rusty, command-wise, but the stuff felt good. The command will come.”

Young signed with the Royals over the weekend. He is ticketed for a spot in the bullpen, and he looms as the team’s best option if a member of the starting rotation goes down.

He won the Comeback Player of the Year award for his performance with Seattle in 2014. Young has overcome anterior capsule surgery on his right shoulder and thoracic outlet surgery. The latter procedure, which he underwent in 2013, has extended his career and kept him a viable option for a club like the Royals.

"Since thoracic outlet surgery, I no longer have any discomfort in my shoulder," Young said. "Back then, my shoulder still hurt. I thought, ‘Well, I’ve had surgery, it’s going to be cranky.’ But the pain is completely gone.

"I warm up quickly. It never hurts. It never aches. Right now, after I threw, it feels normal. I forgot how that felt."

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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