Royals place Young, Medlen on DL, recall two pitchers from Omaha

Starting pitchers Chris Young (left) and Kris Medlen were placed on the DL with right arm injuries.

Anthony Gruppuso - Brad Penner

The two Kansas City Royals starting pitchers who have been struggling most are getting some time off.

The Royals announced Thursday they have placed right-handers Chris Young (right forearm strain) and Kris Medlen (right rotator cuff inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list.

At least for now, Dillon Gee and Danny Duffy will leave the bullpen to fill in as starters. Gee is scheduled to start Saturday and Duffy on Sunday.

Young is 1-5 this season with a 6.68 ERA in seven starts. He has allowed 13 home runs, nine more than the next-closest starters on the Kansas City staff. Medlen is 1-3 with a 7.77 ERA in six starts.

The team also recalled left-handed pitcher Scott Alexander and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Peter Moylan from Triple A Omaha.

Alexander, 26, has made nine appearances for the Storm Chasers this season, going 1-0 with a save and a 2.57 ERA.

Moylan, 38, signed a minor league deal with the Royals on Jan. 27 and is 1-1 with five saves and a 0.71 ERA in 12 relief appearances at Omaha this season. He is added to the 40-man roster in place of infielder Raul Mondesi, who began serving a 50-game suspension Tuesday.