Royals pitcher Chris Young has muscle repair surgery, expected to be ready for spring training

Royals pitcher Chris Young
Royals pitcher Chris Young

Royals pitcher Chris Young, who was moved out of the starting rotation and posted a 6.19 ERA in the first year of a two-year, $11.5 million contract, had muscle repair surgery Tuesday, the team announced.

According to the Royals, Young had a “bilateral core and right-sided adductor repair” by core muscle surgeon Bill Meyers of Philadelphia. The surgery involved Young’s “abdominal area to his pelvis and right groin.” Recovery time is approximately eight weeks and the team expects Young to be ready for spring training in February.

Young joined the Royals in 2015 on a one-year contract and started 18 games for the World Series champions, posting an 11-6 record with a 3.06 ERA in 34 games.

He went 1-8 with a 7.39 ERA in 13 starts in 2016 before being moved to the bullpen, where he had a 4.13 ERA in 21 appearances and 32  2/3 innings.

Young is scheduled to make $5.75 million in 2017 and has a mutual option for 2018 with a $1.5 million buyout.