Chris Young

KCKansas City Royals
Chris Young
Apr 12: Young has given up four hits and a walk while striking out one hitter through his first two appearances (2.1 innings) this year. Opposing hitters have tagged the veteran for a .326 average while notching multiple hits in each of Young's outings. The 37-year-old is on the last leg of his career, and his fantasy value is tied to whether or not he can sneak into the back end of the Royals' rotation at some point this season. Young wasn't overly impressive in spring training, and he'll need to show a better ability to shut down opponents if he wants to keep the lights on for the entirety of his 13th MLB campaign.

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Mar 27: Young (neck) tossed a perfect inning against the Brewers on Saturday. Young returned to action after missing his last start with a sore neck, and the 37-year-old continued his solid spring. He's now sporting a 1.98 ERA across 13.2 innings. Young will primarily work out of the bullpen next season, while him and Travis Wood will also be available when the Royals need a spot starter, though it's yet to be determined who would be the first option.

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Mar 22: Young will be held out of Wednesday's Cactus League game due to neck stiffness, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. Young was scheduled to come out of the bullpen, which is where he'll open the regular season after losing out to Nate Karns in a battle for the final rotation spot. It's unclear whether Young or Travis Wood will be the first option when the team needs a spot starter, though Young's injury could make it a null point if he's diagnosed with something more serious than ordinary neck stiffness.

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Mar 20: Young will start the 2017 season as a part of the Royals' bullpen, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Young was in a battle for the final rotation spot with Travis Wood and Nate Karns, but the recently acquired Karns eventually won the job. The 37-year-old fared better as a reliever than a starter in 2016, and will head back to the bullpen to start next season, though he could earn a few starts throughout the year.

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Mar 2: Young threw 2.0 scoreless innings allowing two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in his spring debut Thursday against the Rockies. It was a solid first game back for the 37-year-old, who underwent surgery on his pelvis last October. He was never expected to miss any time, and it seems like he is still on schedule to be ready for Opening Day, where he will compete with Nathan Karns and Travis Wood for Kansas City's final rotation spot. If he isn't able to win the final rotation spot, he'll likely wind up in the bullpen, where he was more effective in 2016.

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Feb 28: Young (pelvis) is scheduled to throw Thursday in the Royals' matchup with the Rockies, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. The veteran hurler underwent surgery on his bilateral core and right-side adductor in October, but he seems to be all ready to go for game action. As long as he experiences no ill effects upon his return to the mound, Young will compete with Nathan Karns and Travis Wood for Kansas City's final rotation spot.

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