Junis (shoulder) elected free agency after being outrighted off Kansas City's 40-man roster Friday. Junis refused an assignment to Triple-A Omaha and will instead test the open market. The 29-year-old posted a 5.26 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 41:12 K:BB over 39 innings during 2021 before finishing the season on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation.
Junis was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder impingement syndrome Wednesday. Junis struggled in Tuesday's start and gave up three runs in 4.2 innings. The right-hander was apparently dealing with a shoulder injury during the outing and will spend at least 10 days on the shelf as a result. It's not guaranteed that he'll return to the major-league rotation once he's healthy since Jackson Kowar was called up Wednesday.
Junis (2-4) took the loss after pitching 4.2 innings against Cleveland on Tuesday, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six. The 28-year-old got called up Tuesday from Triple-A Omaha and the start was his first action in the majors since June 3. A first-inning home run and a two-run single in the third inning by Amed Rosario accounted for all the damage against the right-hander. In what was Junis' longest outing since April 27, he was able to grind out a decent start, but it is currently up in the air whether he'll make another start for the big-league club.
The Royals recalled Junis from Triple-A Omaha to start Tuesday's game against Cleveland, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. The righty has pitched well in his last two outings for Omaha, striking out six and allowing three hits in 7.1 scoreless innings. Junis is unlikely to pitch deep into Tuesday's game, as it's his first big-league appearance since June 3 and he hasn't lasted more than 4.1 frames in an outing since returning from injury at Triple-A. He was unimpressive earlier this season with the Royals, posting a 5.19 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 34.2 innings.
Junis (undisclosed) was reinstated from the 7-day minor-league injured list Thursday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Junis had been on the injured list since July 9, although the nature of his injury still isn't clear. However, the right-hander recently began a rehab assignment and allowed three runs in 5.1 innings across three starts in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League. He'll start Thursday's game at Triple-A Omaha now that he's fully healthy.