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Scott Alexander to the DL; Jake Junis recalled

Junis adds another long reliever to the mix.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals have placed left-handed reliever Scott Alexander on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury and have recalled right-handed pitcher Jake Junis. Alexander last pitched on Sunday against the Indians, tossing a scoreless inning. In 14 13 innings this year, Alexander has given up just two runs for an ERA of 1.26 with eight strikeouts and four walks.

Junis will be up for the second time this year with the Royals. The 24-year old made his Major League debut on April 12 against the Athletics, working around two walks and a hit for a scoreless inning before being sent back down to Omaha. In four starts with Omaha, Junis has a 3.52 ERA. He was scheduled to start Sunday for the Storm Chasers, but had his start bumped in anticipation of a promotion.

The addition of Junis gives the Royals an additional long reliever in case starter Chris Young has a short outing tonight against the Rays. Junis was ranked as the #13 prospect in the system by John Sickels and the #8 prospect in the system by Shaun Newkirk. Last year for AA Northwest Arkansas, Junis had a 3.39 ERA as a starting pitcher, with 117 strikeouts in 119 innings and just 2.0 walks per-nine-innings before a promotion to AAA Omaha.