Across 10 appearances this season, Scott Alexander had turned into one of the Royals’ more reliable bullpen arms, posting a 1.26 ERA. On Monday, he was lost for 10 days after sustaining a strained hamstring during a pregame conditioning workout.
The Royals made the move official Tuesday, placing Alexander, a 27-year-old left-hander, on the 10-day disabled list. The club recalled right-hander Jake Junis to fill his roster spot. Junis, 24, posted a 3.52 ERA in four starts at Class AAA Omaha. He logged one scoreless inning during a brief stay in Kansas City, making his major-league debut on April 12.
Junis was held out of his previous start in Omaha as a precautionary measure. The club expected to have right-hander Chris Young start here on Tuesday, filling in for an injured Ian Kennedy. But if the Royals had to use Young out of the bullpen on Sunday or Monday, Junis would have likely made the start.
Instead, Junis joined the Royals at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, offering depth and cover for the bullpen.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Alexander’s hamstring injury was a “Grade 1 plus” strain, which is slightly more severe than the Grade 1 strain that felled Kennedy last week. Yost said Alexander was injured on Monday.
“He was running sprints in the outfield,” Yost said.
Alexander’s last appearance came on Sunday, meaning his trip to the disabled list was backdated to Monday. He will be eligible to return on May 18.