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Junis content with first Cactus League outing

Zimmer nears spring game debut; Starling out a few more days
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SURPIRSE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Jakob Junis was the last of the Royals' probable starters to make his Cactus League debut, and by his account, it went smoothly.

Junis threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three. He threw 29 pitches, 18 for strikes, in the Royals' 10-6 loss to the Brewers.

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SURPIRSE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Jakob Junis was the last of the Royals' probable starters to make his Cactus League debut, and by his account, it went smoothly.

Junis threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three. He threw 29 pitches, 18 for strikes, in the Royals' 10-6 loss to the Brewers.

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What was Junis working on?

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"Just throwing strikes," Junis said. "I wanted to get out there and get my feet wet for this first one and really attack the zone. First inning, my fastball was good and it was coming out pretty good.

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"Got my strikeouts on my slider in the first inning. Didn't use it in the second inning because I wanted to work on some other things."

Junis also was curious how his new-grip curveball, which is more of a spike curve now, would serve him under game conditions.

"I threw a couple of strikes with it and a couple of balls," Junis said. "But it's encouraging."

Zimmer will throw Friday
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer should get his first Cactus League action of the spring on Friday.

"Early in camp, he was not so impressive," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "But here lately, he's been throwing the ball really well, turning the ball loose. The ball has life, looks good."

Video: Zimmer on preparation for Royals' Spring Training

Injury updates
• Outfielder Bubba Starling will remain out for a few days with oblique tenderness.

• Infielder Adalberto Mondesi is being shut down for 2-to-3 days because of a sore right arm, which is not considered to be serious.

• Right-hander Jesse Hahn is on the 60-day disabled list with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain.

Camp battles
Ryan Goins, in a battle with Ramon Torres for the utility infielder role, showed some situational hitting in the second inning by lifting a sacrifice fly to right to get Tyler Collins home from third. Goins also drew a walk but was thrown out stealing.

• Right-hander Burch Smith, a Rule 5 Draft pick, gave up five hits and five runs in two innings.

"That happens with young guys," Yost said. "They're really good for awhile, then they slip a little, and then they get back at it and are really good."

Michael Saunders, a non-roster invitee trying to make the team as a designated hitter/outfielder, had two more hits and an RBI and now is hitting .417 in Cactus League play.

Up next
Left-hander Danny Duffy makes his second start of the spring as the Royals travel to Glendale to play the White Sox at 2:05 p.m. CT. Right-handers Sam Gaviglio, Trevor Oaks, Blaine Boyer, and Miguel Almonte, and left-handers Eric Stout and Richard Lovelady are also expected to pitch. The game can be heard on an exclusive audio webcast on royals.com.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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