The Royals got a win Wednesday, but had previously lost 11 of their last 14 games. A big problem has been the starting pitching. Entering Thursday, the Royals' 4.73 rotation ERA ranked 23rd in baseball. Now, two members are on the disabled list.
Chris Young was placed on the DL due to a right forearm strain, while Kris Medlen has a right rotator cuff inflammation. Young was set to be replaced by Dillon Gee in the rotation anyway. Medlen departed Wednesday's start early with shoulder issues.
Young is just 1-5 with a 6.68 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in seven starts. He's in his age-37 season was unlikely to repeat last season's success, but it's been quite the fall into futility.
Medlen is only 30, but he's had two Tommy John surgeries. And he's been even worse than Young this season, going 1-3 with a 7.70 ERA in six starts. He's walked 20 guys against 18 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings, helping to contribute to a dreadful 2.06 WHIP. Yes, he's allowing more than two baserunners per inning. That's a good way to lose.
As for the vacant rotation spot that next comes up Sunday, the Royals haven't yet said who it will be, but the smart money would be on Danny Duffy. He's good in the bullpen, but they don't have many starting options right now and he was 7-8 with a 4.35 ERA in 24 starts last season.