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52 Bruce Chen SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 6/19/1977 | Birthplace: Panama City, Panama | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 16 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 233.03

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Royals release Bruce Chen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) The Royals released pitcher Bruce Chen Friday. He was designated for assignment last week after posting a 6.46 ERA and 35:14 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.

Royals make few roster moves Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The Royals announced a couple of roster moves on Friday, per the team's official website. The team recalled right-handed reliever Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha. Pitcher Bruce Chen was designated for assignment.

Bruce Chen has late meltdown


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen had a big time meltdown Thursday against the Twins.

Chen entered with the game tied in the top of the 10th inning. After notching a strikeout against the first batter he faced, Chen gave up a triple and two walks to load the bases. Two singles quickly gave the Twins a three-run lead. Chen was then able to induce a pop out for the second out of the inning. With two outs, he allowed two straight doubles, plating another three runs.

When all was said and done, Chen gave up six runs on five hits during his one inning of work. His record dropped to 2-4. 


Bruce Chen sent back to bullpen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) The Royals moved pitcher Bruce Chen to the bullpen Saturday, with the return of Jason Vargas from an appendectomy. Chen went 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA in three spot starts in Vargas' place, and will now be used in a long-relief role. 

Bruce Chen gets obliterated by the Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen was obliterated by the Indians on Sunday, dropping to 2-3 on the year. The left-hander was shelled for six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one over five innings of a 10-3 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 15 1/3 innings, Chen has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 6.42 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings. His next start will come Saturday at Oakland.

Bruce Chen set to start Sunday in place of Jason Vargas


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen is set to start Sunday for the Royals against visiting Cleveland, again in place of Jason Vargas, who is still recovering from an appendectomy.

Chen filled in quite admirably Tuesday night by yielding one run in five innings against the White Sox and earning the victory.


Bruce Chen picks up a win Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen tossed five strong innings Tuesday against the White Sox.

Chen allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked two during the outing. The only blemish against Chen was a solo home run by Adam Dunn in the fourth inning. Chen was pulled after throwing 89 pitches. He’s pitched mostly out of the bullpen this season, but is filling in for Jason Vargas in the rotation. 

The win brings Chen to 2-2 on the year. His next start is currently slated to be against the Indians.


Royals unveil rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Royals will open the second half with James Shields starting Friday at Boston, reports the Kansas City Star. Lefty Danny Duffy will pitch Saturday, with Yordano Ventura starting next Sunday.

Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen will fill the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation. Chen is filling in for Jason Vargas, who's recovering from an appendectomy.


Bruce Chen solid in spot start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings Sunday against the Tigers, striking out two and walking none. He did not get a decision in the team's 5-2 victory.

It was a spot start for Chen, who's 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA this year.


Bruce Chen to get spot start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen will receive a spot start Sunday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Chen will take Jason Vargas' spot in the rotation. Vargas will miss the start after having an appendectomy. Chen started four games with the club this season, but was transitioned into a long-relief role recently. He has a 7.11 ERA over 25 1/3 innings. 


Bruce Chen moving into long-relief role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost said pitcher Bruce Chen (back), who was activated off the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, will move into a role as a long reliever.

Royals activate Bruce Chen, option Tim Collins


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(6/24/2014) The Royals activated pitcher Bruce Chen (back) from the disabled list and optioned Tim Collins to Triple-A Omaha. Chen hasn't pitched since April 24 and is expected to move into the bullpen.

Collins is 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA over 17 1/3 innings.


Bruce Chen transferred to 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Chen is dealing with a back injury. He's slated to return fairly soon. The team needed to clear up a roster spot for Justin Maxwell on the 40-man roster, which is why Chen was moved to the 60-day disabled list.


Bruce Chen likely won't supplant Danny Duffy from rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Bruce Chen appears destined for a bullpen role upon his eventual promotion from Triple-A Omaha. His own struggles at that level, coupled with a surge from Royals fifth starter Danny Duffy, should keep Chen out of the rotation.

Chen performed better in his last start, giving up two earned runs and fanning 11 in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday. But he is still 0-1 with an 8.76 ERA for Omaha. Duffy is 2-0 and has yielded just three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

Given that the Royals are the hottest team in baseball, it seems all but certain that they won't shake things up by replacing Duffy with Chen.


Bruce Chen fans 11 in rehab start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen put in some extra work with the team's pitching coach between rehab starts, and it paid off in his most recent outing for Triple-A Omaha Wednesday.

Chen, who is recovering from a back injury, struck out 11 batters over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday, while walking just one. He threw 87 pitches, and MLB.com reports he could be activated from the DL soon, but will likely work out of the bullpen when he is.


Bruce Chen to pitch under watchful eye of Dave Eiland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Royals left-hander Bruce Chen has joined the team in Chicago, but not to pitch. He is in town for side sessions monitored by pitching coach Dave Eiland.

Chen has been a mess on the mound for Triple-A Omaha. He yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks in just three innings in his last start. He owns a 12.86 ERA in two outings for the Storm Chasers.


Bruce Chen to make another rehab start Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen will make another rehab start Friday, as he doesn't feel he's ready to face big-league hitters yet, the Kansas City Star reports.

Chen gave up four runs on 10 hits in four innings in his first start with Triple-A Omaha Sunday. He's working his way back from a back injury, which has kept him out since late April.


Bruce Chen hit with loss in first Triple-A rehab start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen was pegged with the loss in his first Triple-A rehab start Sunday with the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Chen allowed four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out one in four innings pitched. He has allowed six earned runs through seven innings while on rehab. He has been sidelined since April 25 because of a back injury.


Bruce Chen will move rehab stint to Triple-A Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen is expected to move his minor-league rehab assignment to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday, according to the Kansas City Star. Chen will likely need one more rehab astart after that before he is reinstated from the disabled list.

Chen has been sidelined since April 25 while recovering from his back injury.

Bruce Chen needs two more rehab outings before return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Royals southpaw Bruce Chen will require at least two more rehab starts before returning to a big league mound, per the Kansas City Star.

Chen, who gave up two runs on eight hits in three innings pitched Tuesday, has not been guaranteed a starting spot upon his return.


Bruce Chen tosses three innings in rehab start Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen gave up two earned runs on eight hits in three innings while striking out three and surrendering two home runs in his rehab start with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Tuesday.

Chen didn't have his A-game Tuesday, but progress is more important than results as he continues to work his way back from a back injury. He made just four starts before going on the disabled list, giving up 16 earned runs in 19 1/3 innings.


Bruce Chen will start rehab work Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen will begin a minor-league rehab assignment for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, according to the Kansas City Star. He is expected to throw 45 pitches in his first game action since suffering a back injury. 

Bruce Chen throws live BP; rehab assignment nearing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Royals veteran left-hander Bruce Chen threw live batting practice Friday, which indicates he is closing in on a minor league rehab stint.

Chen has been sidelined for five weeks with a back injury. The struggles of Danny Duffy as the fifth starter could land Chen back in the starting rotation upon his return to health.


Bruce Chen 'significantly better' Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen threw 25 pitches in a simulated game Monday and reported no issues with his back, MLB.com reports.

"It felt good," Chen said. "Really good. The last three days, it really got better, significantly better."

Chen threw all of his pitches during the session; however, he has no timetable to begin a rehab assignment. He has been out since April 25 while recovering from his back injury.


Bruce Chen to throw live BP on Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen, who's coming back from a back injury, will throw a session of live batting practice Monday, reports the Kansas City Star. Chen is moving closer to a minor-league rehab assignment.