Manager Mike Matheny said that Junis (back) "threw the ball well" in his simulated game Sunday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Junis was forced to miss some time with a minor lower back strain, but he appears to be progressing well in his recovery. Barring any setbacks, the right-hander could return to game action soon, and his availability for Opening Day likely isn't in doubt. Junis has made just one appearance in a game this spring, logging two strikeouts over one scoreless inning.
Junis (back) will throw a simulated game Sunday and could make a Cactus League start after that, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. He will get stretched back out in the sim game, and if all goes well he could return to game action in about a week. His previously scheduled start was skipped due to a minor back strain.
Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Junis' back tightness is not serious, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The Royals are being cautious with Junis and expect him to throw on the side during the upcoming days. The 27-year-old threw an efficient inning with two strikeouts during his spring debut Thursday and will likely miss limited time before returning to the bottom half of the Kansas City rotation for the remainder of camp.
Junis will not start Tuesday because of a minor lower back strain, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Junis pitched a scoreless frame and notched two strikeouts during Thursday's 4-2 loss against the Brewers. The 27-year-old led the Royals with nine wins last season and will look to improve on a career major-league 4.69 ERA during his fourth campaign in Kansas City.
Junis was shut down for the season Wednesday for workload reasons, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Junis threw 175.1 innings this season, slightly less than his 177.0 frames in 2018. His ERA took a step back from 4.37 to 5.24, though his regression in terms of FIP was significantly less -- 4.64 to 4.83. Eric Skoglund will take his place in the rotation for the final two turns.
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