Young extends pitch count in Minor League game

Right-hander throws four innings, 64 pitches

Young extends pitch count in Minor League game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Chris Young continued the process of being stretched out so he can assume his regular-season role as a long reliever in the Royals bullpen.

Young threw four innings in a Minor League game on Wednesday, reaching 64 pitches. He also threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen afterward.

"It was fine because I did get my work in," Young said. "That was the objective. It's always a little different throwing to Minor Leaguers because you never know what to expect.

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"Sometimes, I've done those Minor League games and gotten hammered. Sometimes, I've pitched great. Today was a little of both. I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be, but there's still time to get better."

Young wasn't sure when his next outing would be.

"I think we're pretty much on schedule," he said. "I think now I've gotten to the point where if they needed me to go longer [than 60-70 pitches], I could."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.