Jakob Junis is trying to force Dayton Moore and Mike Matheny to put him in the starting rotation.
Junis made his first appearance of the spring and allowed one hit and struck out three in his two innings. According to reports, Junis’ cutter was terrific on Tuesday. Junis developed the pitch during the offseason with the help of his younger brother.
Daniel Lynch followed Junis Tuesday, and he did not fare so well. Three runs on three hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Lynch could force his way into the rotation if he has a great spring, but this outing really hurts. It’s just one outing, but you don’t get a lot of opportunities in the spring.
On another positive note, Tyler Zuber, Greg Holland, and Kyle Zimmer were terrific. Holland faced four batters and struck out three.
Chicago Cubs 3, Kansas City Royals 2 (Box Score)
2:30pm – MLBST – Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (1660AM)
5:30pm – CBB – Missouri at Florida (SECN)
The Royals agreed with OF Jarrod Dyson on a one-year, $1.5 million contract late Tuesday.
The Royals are being cautious with Adalberto Mondesi. He was hit in the foot with a pitch before spring training started. He participated in drills and took live batting practice last week.
Carlos Hernandez will get the start on the mound today for the Royals. Danny Duffy and Ervin Santana will pitch against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Royals will pitch Brad Keller and Kris Bubic.
MLB Pushes Back Triple-A Season
Major League Baseball is reportedly pushing back the start of the Triple-A season by one month out of concerns for player safety. Lower levels were already going to be delayed, but Triple-A was initially planned to start on April 6. Instead, MLB teams will have an alternate site like they had last year.
There is some concern about Triple-A players traveling on commercial flights and then being called up to the majors and getting MLB players sick. Keeping players close to the major league club would allow for closer attention by the medical staff. There is also hope that pushing the season back a month might give clubs time to get players vaccinated.
In Other News
The Houston Texans agreed with RB David Johnson on a one-year, $6 million contract with $4.25 fully guaranteed at signing. The deal lowers the total cash David Johnson could have earned but gives him more guaranteed money.
For Kentucky basketball fans, another reason to worry is picking up steam (Mark Story)
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