by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Kansas City hurler Bruce Chen, who is in the bullpen for the Royals, now has 10 years of service time in the majors, reports MLB.com Monday.
Chen, who did not appear in Monday's loss to Chicago, entered Monday's game with nine years and 171 days of accumulated service time over 14 different major league seasons.
The 35-year-old Chen, who was signed out of his native Panama, began with the Braves in 1993.
Bruce Chen squeezed out of rotation
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) After serving as a mainstay in the Royals' rotation the past two years, pitcher Bruce Chen was moved to the bullpen Tuesday as the team awarded Luis Mendoza the final starting spot. Chen has been rocked in his past two starts, surrendering 11 runs and seven homers over 8 2/3 innings. The veteran left-hander last served as a reliever in 2010.
Royals undecided between Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza for fifth starter spot
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013) The Royals are down to Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza for the fifth starter spot, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports.
Chen, on the second year of a two-year, $9 million contract, was expected to win the job heading into camp. However, he has a 7.90 ERA and allowed 16 hits and a whopping seven home runs in 13.2 camp innings. Meanwhile, Mendoza has been sterling throughout spring, with a 0.82 ERA and a 4.0 K/BB in 11 innings.
Mendoza also was superior in 2012, as he recorded a 4.23 ERA (97 ERA+) against Chen's 5.07 ERA (81 ERA+). However, Mendoza has minor-league options remaining and is making the minor league minimum in 2013, which could be enough to keep Chen on the roster.
Bruce Chen has another unimpressive outing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen tossed five innings during an intrasquad minor-league game Thursday, according to MLB.com. Chen allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and no walks. He struck out four, while throwing 50 of 74 pitches for strikes.
Chen, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, is 1-1 with a 7.90 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in four spring outings (two starts).
Luis Mendoza could matter in AL-only leagues
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/18/2013) Everyone seems to assume Bruce Chen is going to beat out Luis Mendoza for the fifth starter job in Kansas City, but about the only thing worse than Chen's numbers last season are his numbers this spring.
Mendoza, meanwhile, has allowed one earned run and 12 total baserunners in 11 innings this spring. And in his final 20 starts last year, he posted a 3.83 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
To me, it's no contest. I'm not saying Mendoza is a burgeoning ace or anything, but getting quick outs with his sinker, he should eat some innings for what could be a decent hititng team. I'm drafting him late in AL-only leagues.
Long ball burns Bruce Chen
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen had a hard time keeping the ball in the park in Saturday's Cactus League start against the Cubs. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits -- including five home runs -- in five innings of an 8-3 loss. The left-hander surrendered three homers and four runs in the first before Chicago added a run in the third. Chen also gave up solo shots in the fourth and fifth. Chen, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, struck out four and walked one.
Chen changes gears
(3/10/2013) After getting tagged for just one run over his first five frames this spring, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen did not have the same success in Sunday's Cactus League contest against the Angels. He allowed five runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings. Chen also struck out four and walked two.
Chen sharp thus far
(3/5/2013) After making a scoreless spring debut, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen had another sharp outing in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the A's. He allowed one run on two hits over three innings of work. Chen also struck out two with no walks while throwing 44 pitches, 29 for strikes. ''I am working towards where I want to be, make sure my arm is strong enough to go deep in game,'' Chen said. ''I want to make sure I'm using my fastball on both sides of the plate and keep the ball down. So far it's been going well, but it's not a matter of one time or two times, but it's a matter being able to do it consistently and being confident that you can do it for seven, eight innings. That's the main goal.''
Chen looks good in spring debut
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/27/2013) Royals rotation candidate Bruce Chen had a solid start to his spring training on Wednesday in a Cactus League game against the Brewers. Chen, who appears to have a solid hold on the No. 5 spot in the rotation, outshone Luke Hochevar, who started the game, as he pitched two scoreless innings. Chen did not allow any hits or walks and struck out two batters to open his spring. He's leaving shortly to pitch for Team China in the World Baseball Classic.
Chen playing in WBC for China
(1/13/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported on Sunday that Royals starter Bruce Chen will pitch for China in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Chen was born in Panama but is of Chinese descent.