Junis agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Royals on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
This was his first year as an arbitration-eligible player. Junis logged a 6.39 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 25.1 innings (eight appearances, six starts) last season. He gave up seven home runs in that small sample and will likely pitch in a swing man or long reliever role in 2021.
Junis was recalled from the alternate training site Wednesday.
The 28-year-old was demoted after allowing five runs during a spot start last week, but he'll rejoin the active roster with five games left in the season. According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, Junis will be utilized in short stints as a reliever down the stretch.
The Royals optioned Junis to their alternate training site Wednesday.
The demotion comes after Junis was called on to make a spot start Tuesday in place of Danny Duffy, who missed the Royals' flight to Detroit. He lasted 2.1 innings in the 6-0 loss to the Tigers, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk. Unless the Royals place a player on the injured list and bring Junis back in a corresponding move, his 2020 season could be over.
Junis (0-2) pitched 2.1 innings Tuesday, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk, as the Royals fell 6-0 to the Tigers. He struck out two.
Junis labored during his time on the mound (42 pitches) and watched his season ERA jump to 6.94. Junis had not given up more than two runs in any start this season prior to now struggling in his last two appearances (10 earned runs allowed). He is slated to draw the Cardinals early next week.
Junis gave up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and zero walks over 4.1 innings during Tuesday's win over the Indians. He didn't qualify for the decision.
The right-hander served up homers in each of the first three frames, matching his total for home runs allowed in his previous four starts. Junis has a 5.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 14:5 K:BB over 21 innings and should next face the Pirates on Sunday.
Junis (biceps/triceps) is listed as the Royals' probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Indians.
Junis' inclusion on the Royals' pitching schedule for the series in Cleveland suggests he's feeling fine after he was removed early as a precaution in his last start Sept. 2, when he was struck in the right arm by a line drive. Since making his 2020 debut Aug. 2, Junis hasn't worked more than five innings in any start, which has played a factor in him settling for a no-decisions in three of his four outings.
Junis made a precautionary exit from Wednesday's game against the Indians after being hit by a line drive between the biceps and triceps of his right arm, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
The liner was 106.9 mph off the bat, leaving the right-hander minimal time to react. Junis allowed two runs on four hits with one strikeout and zero walks over four innings before leaving the contest. The 27-year-old's status for the next turn through the rotation should receive more clarity as he continues to be evaluated.
Junis did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six across 3.2 innings.
Junis, making just his third start of the year after dealing with back spasms, faced a lighter work load in his return, though he still managed to strike out a season-high six batters in the process. The 27-year-old has given up two runs in each of his starts, bringing his ERA to 4.26 and WHIP to 1.58. He'll look to earn his first win Tuesday against Cleveland.
Junis (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and will start Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Junis was sidelined while he dealt with back spasms, but he'll be ready to start Wednesday's contest. He won't require an opener, although it's unclear whether he'll face any limitations with his workload. Prior to his injury, the right-hander posted a 4.00 ERA and 4:4 K:BB over nine innings during his two starts. Right-hander Chance Adams was optioned to the Royals' alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Junis (back) will start Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Junis has been increasing his workload since landing on the injured list with back spasms, and he'll be able to start Wednesday. There was some uncertainty as to whether he'd require an opener, but he will be making a traditional start. A corresponding move to clear room for the right-hander will likely depend on the Royals' bullpen usage Tuesday.
Junis (back) is traveling with the Royals on their road trip and could be activated from the 10-day injured list to start or work as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen Wednesday in St. Louis, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Kansas City is expected to have an opening in the rotation Wednesday with Danny Duffy not on track to make his next start on schedule while he deals with forearm fatigue. If Duffy is placed on the IL or pushed back to the weekend, Junis would be a logical option to fill in for him, given that he now looks to be reasonably healthy after completing a throwing session over the weekend without incident. Since Junis hasn't quite built back up to a starter's workload since being shut down earlier this month due to back spasms, the primary pitcher role may be a good way for the Royals to limit his pitch count once he's cleared to return.
Junis (back) threw a "pretty intense" bullpen session Friday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Junis was expected to throw several innings Saturday against the Twins but suffered back spasms while warming up and was placed on the injured list. The issue doesn't appear to be too significant, given that he's already throwing at seemingly full strength less than a week later, so it seems as though he won't be out for too much longer.
The Royals placed Junis (back) on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Junis hasn't progressed as well as the Royals had hoped after he experienced back spasms Saturday, resulting in a scratch ahead of his scheduled turn as a primary pitcher against the Twins in the first game of a doubleheader. Kansas City opted for a bullpen game instead, making it unclear whom might replace Junis in the rotation when a new fifth starter is next required Wednesday against the Reds.
Junis suffered back spasms while warming up for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins and was shut down, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Junis was slated to serve as the primary pitcher behind Ian Kennedy for the first game of Saturday's twin bill. While Kennedy provided him with a nice foundation over the first two innings, Junis wasn't able to take the mound as a result of back spasms, and Gabe Speier took his place instead. The severity of the injury is unclear.
Junis will serve as the primary pitcher behind Ian Kennedy in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Twins on Saturday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Junis was initially scheduled to serve behind an opener Friday, but the game was postponed due to rain. The seven-inning format of the doubleheader could benefit Junis since he hasn't been able to last very long in either of his first two appearances this season.
Junis will serve as the primary pitcher behind Ian Kennedy against the Twins on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Manager Mike Matheny wants Junis to only go through the lineup twice, so Kennedy will serve as the opener to help get him deeper into the game. Junis has a 4.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 4;4 K:BB through his first two starts (nine innings) of the season.
Junis allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Friday.
The Twins did what they do with a couple long balls, but both were solo shots, and that was the extent of the damage. Junis threw 76 pitches in this outing after throwing 64 pitches in his 2020 debut last weekend. Junis began the season on the COVID-19 injured list and it will be a couple starts yet before he's fully built up.
Junis allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the White Sox. He didn't factor into the decision.
Junis was relatively effective in his season debut after recovering from COVID-19, tossing 64 pitches while giving up just two runs. As the right-hander continues to pitch this season, his pitch count should keep building up. Junis posted a 5.24 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 175.1 innings across 31 starts with the Royals last season. His next start should come at home Friday against the Twins.
The Royals activated Junis from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the White Sox, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Ronald Bolanos, who drew the start Saturday in a bullpen game for the Royals, was optioned to the club's alternate training site in a corresponding move. After testing positive for COVID-19 in July, Junis was shut down shortly before Opening Day and missed one turn through the rotation while he waited to clear all of MLB's coronavirus-related protocols. The right-hander should be an important innings eater for the Royals, but his fantasy value may be limited to AL-only or deeper mixed leagues due to his issues with the long ball. He allowed at least 30 home runs in each of the past two seasons and turned in a career-worst 5.24 ERA in 2019.
Junis will start Sunday's game against the White Sox, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Junis has been on the injured list since late July due to a positive COVID-19 test, but he'll be able to make his season debut Sunday after building up his strength at the alternate training site. The right-hander made 31 starts for the Royals last season, posting a 5.24 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 175.1 innings. Assuming all goes well Sunday, Junis should be available in the rotation going forward.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/25||vs DET||W 3-2||1.0||2||0||0||0|
|09/23||vs STL||W 12-3||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|09/15||@ DET||L 0-6||1||2.1||7||5||1||2|
|09/08||@ CLE||W 8-6||4.1||7||5||0||3|
|09/02||vs CLE||L 0-5||1||4.0||4||2||0||1|
|08/26||@ STL||L 5-6||3.2||4||2||1||6|
|08/07||vs MIN||W 3-2||4.2||5||2||2||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||59.2||13||13||0||2||6||0||55||17||85||7.45||1.723|
|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||155.2||26||26||0||5||11||0||123||29||145||3.65||1.121|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||4.0||1||1||0||0||1||0||3||1||7||9.00||2.000|
|2016||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||30.0||6||6||0||1||3||0||26||7||39||7.20||1.533|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||119.0||21||21||0||9||7||0||117||27||110||3.25||1.151|
|2017||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||71.0||12||12||0||3||5||0||86||15||61||2.92||1.070|