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Royals activate Chris Young, send him to the bullpen

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Brian Flynn goes to Omaha

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals have activated pitcher Chris Young from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Brian Flynn to AAA Omaha. Young had been out since May 12 with a muscle tear in his forearm. Young had struggled this season after signing a two-year, $11.5 million contract to return with the Royals. In seven starts, he had a 6.68 ERA and despite just 32 1/3 innings pitched, he leads the American League with 13 home runs allowed. Young will move to the bullpen for now, having been replaced by Dillon Gee, but Ned Yost expects Young to return to the rotation eventually. As a reliever last year, Chris Young had a 2.59 ERA in 24 1/3 innings for the Royals.

Brian Flynn is optioned down after a 4.91 ERA in seven innings of relief with six strikeouts and four walks. The 26-year old left-hander had a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings for Omaha. MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flangan reports he will transition to become a starter. The move keeps 13 pitchers on the roster for now, as the Royals want to keep a deep bullpen while Danny Duffy is on a limited pitch count.