The Royals announced today that Dillon Gee will get the start Saturday at home against the Atlanta Braves, knocking right-hander Chris Young out of the rotation. The move comes after Young was shelled in Yankee Stadium, allowing five home runs in 6-3 loss on Monday. In seven starts, Young had an ERA of 6.68 and led the league with 13 home runs allowed. His strikeout rate was up to 8.6 per nine innings, but Young noted that despite his velocity staying the same, he had lost "life" on his fastball. He is experiencing tightness in his forearm and will be examined for an MRI in Kansas City tomorrow, according to beat writer Rustin Dodd.
The 30-year old Dillon Gee was signed by the Royals as a minor league free agent over the winter. The right-hander pitched parts of six seasons with the New York Mets, winning 40 games with a 4.03 ERA in 121 games. His best season came in 2013 when he 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.9 fWAR, but he struggled last year and was demoted to the minor leagues. Gee is a sinkerball pitcher who induces groundballs and had a 2.61 ERA in 20 2/3 innings of relief for the Royals this season.
The Royals signed Chris Young to a two-year, $11.5 million contract this past winter after he 3.06 ERA in 123 1/3 innings.