The Kansas City Royals placed starting pitcher Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right forearm injury.

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Young Placed on 15-Day DL

Young, 36, lasted only 2.2 innings in his May 9 start against the New York Yankees. He admitted Tuesday that the injury had been bothering him for some time.

“I’ve had to change the way I take off my shoes, the way I brush my teeth, the way I take off my shirt,” Young said, per The Associated Press (via “But throwing does not bother it, which is I think why it’s been a little bit hard to address.”

An integral part of the Royals staff last season, Young has been among the worst MLB starters in 2016. He’s 1-5 with a 6.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, giving up a major league-high 13 home runs in 32.1 innings. The Yankees lit him up for five homers before he was pulled Monday.

Dillon Gee is scheduled to take his spot in the rotation Saturday. Gee, 30, spent the last six seasons with the New York Mets and was in his first year as a full-time reliever. He’s posted a 2.61 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 20.2 innings.

The Royals will also have to replace Kris Medlen, who was also placed on the DL on Thursday. Medlen has been even worse than Young, giving up 25 runs (21 earned) in his 24.1 innings this season.

After a storybook trip to World Series glory last season, it appears that anything that can go wrong will for the Royals in 2016.

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