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.
Junis (9-14) allowed five earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks across just 2.2 innings of work as he took the loss to the Astros on Sunday.
Junis has had a rough stretch over his last five starts, allowing at least four earned runs all of them. He was at least able to go somewhat deep in the other outings, but Sunday night he got yanked early as the Astros were hitting the ball all over the park. After the game, manager Ned Yost said he will decide sometime this week if Sunday's start was Junis' last of the year, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Yost said in Flanagan's tweet that "innings might be piling up" for Junis, which could explain his recent struggles. If Junis does make his next start, he will have another tough test against the high-powered offense of the Twins on Friday.
Junis (9-13) took the loss Tuesday, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks over five innings while striking out seven as the Royals fell 7-3 to the White Sox.
The right-hander bounced back and delivered three clean innings after serving up a grand slam to Eloy Jimenez in the first inning and a solo shot to Adam Engel in the second, but the Kansas City offense couldn't climb out of the hole. Junis has been tagged for at least four runs in each of his last four starts, and he'll carry a 5.06 ERA and 162:56 K:BB through 172.2 innings into his next outing Sunday, at home against the Astros.
Junis (9-12) earned the win Wednesday after holding the Tigers to four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings.
The right-hander struggled through a tough second inning while giving up four straight hits, including back-to-back doubles, that accounted for three runs. From there, Junis settled into a better groove, holding the Tigers scoreless through seven. He returned in the eighth frame, issuing a leadoff free pass to Travis Demeritte, who would eventually score after Junis was pulled from the game. It was the sixth time this season that Junis completed at least seven innings. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old snapped an 0-2 winless streak while improving his career record against Detroit to 8-1 across 12 appearances (11 starts). Junis owns a forgettable 4.94 ERA and 1.38 WHIP this year, along with a 155:53 K:BB. He'll look for his career-high 10th win in Chicago on Tuesday against the White Sox.
Junis did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's win over the A's, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings.
Junis gave up a leadoff home run to Marcus Semien, then allowed Matt Chapman to score on a fielder's choice during a sloppy first inning. The right-hander was able to keep Oakland's bats quiet until the fifth, when he gave up a two-run homer to Matt Canha. Luckily, the Royals provided a rare display of run support to finish off the win. After posting three consecutive quality starts earlier this month, Junis has has served up eight runs across 10 innings in his last two outings, raising his ERA to 4.93 and WHIP to 1.39.
Junis (8-12) took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings Friday night against the Indians.
Junis yielded four runs in the second inning, and it was all the offense Cleveland would need to emerge with the victory. The 26-year-old right-hander also failed to work deep into the ballgame, as he was lifted after tossing 94 pitches through his four frames. He now owns a 4.89 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with a 146:51 K:BB over 154.2 innings this season.
Junis (8-11) took the loss Saturday as the Royals fell 4-1 to the Mets. He struck out six and allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over 6.1 innings.
The right-hander delivered his third straight quality start and actually kept pace with Jacob deGrom through six innings, but the Mets finally took the lead on Junis in the seventh while only getting one ball out of the infield. Junis now sports a 3.45 ERA and 44:11 K:BB over 44.1 innings since the All-Star break, and he'll look to get back in the win column Friday in Cleveland.
Junis (8-10) gave up two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six through six innings to take the win over the Tigers on Sunday.
Junis allowed two runs in his first three innings but settled down to deliver three more scoreless frames in a quality start. The right-hander has a 3.20 ERA and a 44:12 K:BB in his last seven starts. Overall, Junis has a 4.80 ERA and 136 strikeouts through 25 starts this season. Junis will make his next start Saturday against the Mets at home.
Junis (7-10) allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out four across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Red Sox.
While Junis allowed seven hits, six went for only one base, helping him surrender only one earned run. He proved effective in getting ahead of Red Sox hitters, beginning 17 of the 26 batters he faced with a strike. It was a bounce-back performance for him, as he had allowed 10 earned runs in 13 innings across his last two starts. For the season, Junis has a 4.88 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with 130 strikeouts across 138.1 innings. He'll look to build on this effort in his next outing, currently scheduled for Sunday at Detroit.
Junis (6-10) was dealt the loss Wednesday against the Blue Jays after allowing four runs on six hits across seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Junis gave up only two runs through seven innings but came back out for the eighth and allowed a home run and a double to end his afternoon. The 26-year-old has a 5.03 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 126:47 K:BB through 132.1 innings and lines up to start at Boston early next week.
Junis (6-9) took the loss Friday as the Royals were downed 8-3 by Cleveland, coughing up six runs on 10 hits and two walks over six innings while striking out five.
A three-run blast by Jose Ramirez was the big blow, but Junis was in trouble basically all night, and things could have been even worse for him if not for a couple of double plays turned behind him. The right-hander now sports a 5.03 ERA and 120:45 K:BB through 125.1 innings, and he'll try to get back on track in his next start Wednesday, at home against the Blue Jays.
Junis (personal) was activated from the paternity list ahead of his scheduled start against the Indians on Friday.
Junis is back with the Royals after spending the past two days on paternity leave. The right-hander will look to continue his strong start to the second half of the season Friday, as he is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 17:5 K:BB in two starts (13 innings) since the All-Star break. Jake Newberry was sent to the minors in a corresponding move.
Junis was placed on the paternity list Wednesday.
Players can spend between one and three days on paternity leave. If Junis misses the full three days, his scheduled start Friday against Cleveland would have to be bumped back by at least one day. Jake Newberry was recalled in a corresponding move.
Junis (6-8) allowed three walks and two hits while striking out seven across six scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Indians.
Junis held the Indians in check throughout his six innings of work, allowing only two runners to reach scoring position. He retired 13 consecutive batters at one point, with six of those outs coming via strikeout. Junis has put together three consecutive strong efforts, allowing only three earned runs across 20 innings and whiffing 23 batters in the process. He'll look to keep the strong results in his next outing, currently scheduled for Friday against Cleveland.
Junis (5-8) struck out 10 and gave up one run on five hits and two walks through seven innings to take the win over the White Sox on Monday.
Junis generated 20 swinging strikes, 15 on his slider, in the dominant performance that led to a new career-high with 10 strikeouts. The right-hander has a 1.93 ERA with a 16:4 K:BB in his last two starts and could be beginning to turn the corner. Junis had a 3.35 ERA in the second half last season and could be on his way to similar results this year. Junis will make his next start Saturday against the Indians at Progressive Field.
Junis allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts across seven innings during a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday.
This was one of Junis' best starts of the year, but the Royals needed a two-run rally in the eighth to help him avoid a loss. While he didn't take the defeat, Junis hasn't captured a win since May 30. He is 4-8 with a 5.33 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 106.1 innings this year.
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