MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - INSIDE PITCH


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Left-hander Bruce Chen began the season in the Royals' rotation, but was designated for assignment Friday.

Chen had been used sparingly out of the bullpen after a stint on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury. He led the Royals in victories in three consecutive seasons, 2010-12, but was primarily a starter those seasons.

One day after giving up six runs on five hits and two walks in the 10th inning against Minnesota, the Royals cut ties with Chen.

Royals manager Ned Yost acknowledged "it was hard" meeting with Chen to tell him the news after six seasons with the club.

"That wasn't Bruce's role," Yost said using him as a long reliever. "Bruce is a starter. He fares better as a starter, but we've got starters that are going really well right now. There just wasn't a spot for him. We needed somebody that could fill that role down there and be more accustom to it.

"He's been here a long time. I've watched him win a bunch of ball games. His presence on the field well as well off the field has been great for all of us."

Chen, 37, had a 47-43 record with a 4.53 ERA in six seasons with the Royals. He was 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games this season.

Chen was also a clubhouse leader.

"He was always there to uplift you," Yost said. "If you had a bad game, he would be the first one there, saying you're going to get them tomorrow.' He's a guy that everybody looked to, to kind of lighten the mood in all situations. He's going to be missed."

Chen's 2014 salary is $3.25 million with an option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout.

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MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 74-60

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Indians (RHP Trevor Bauer, 5-7, 4.18 ERA) at Royals (RHP James Shields, 12-7, 3.45 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Louis Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 2-1 with seven saves and a 3.86 ERA in 28 games with Omaha, striking out 53 in 39 2/3 innings. He is 1-0 with a 7.15 ERA in 21 relief appearances this season with Kansas City after pitching a scoreless inning Friday in the 6-1 loss to the Indians.

--LHP Bruce Chen began the season in the Royals' rotation, but was designated for assignment Friday. Chen had been used sparingly out of the bullpen after a stint on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury. He led the Royals in victories in three consecutive seasons, 2010-12, but was primarily a starter those seasons. One day after giving up six runs on five hits and two walks in the 10th inning against Minnesota, the Royals cut ties with Chen.