Slow-starting Royals put 40 percent of their rotation on the DL

BY Chris Bahr • May 12, 2016

The Kansas City Royals' climb back into contention in the AL Central just got more challenging.

The defending World Series champions announced Thursday that they placed right-handers Chris Young and Kris Medlen on the disabled list.

The 36-year-old Young, who is 1-5 with a 6.68 ERA in seven starts this season, has a forearm strain.

Medlen, 30, complained of shoulder discomfort in his last start, during which he allowed four runs in two innings. He is 1-3 with a 7.77 ERA in six starts this season.

Kansas City's rotation ranks 23rd in the majors with a 4.73 ERA and has contributed to the team's poor start. At 16-17, the Royals already are six games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. 

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