Royals designate veteran lefty Bruce Chen for assignment

Aug 29, 6:45 PM

Bruce Chen has endured plenty of misery with the Kansas City Royals, but just as things started to look up: 

The first-place Royals have since confirmed Cotillo's tweet, putting an end to the veteran left-hander's sixth season with the franchise. 

Chen allowed 16 earned runs in four starts before landing on the disabled at the end of April. He made appearances for the Royals' Double- and Triple-A affiliates between three spot starts with the big club in July. 

In 13 total appearances this season, the 37-year-old authored a 7.45 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 48 and 1/3 innings.

Sep 5, 6:58 PM

Royals release lefty Bruce Chen

Sep 5, 6:58 PM

The Kansas City Royals released veteran left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen on Friday, the team announced.

Chen was designated for assignment last week after surrendering six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The 37-year-old struggled to a 7.45 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across 48 1/3 innings for the Royals this year.

"He was always there to uplift you," manager Ned Yost said after the transaction. "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."

The 16-year veteran has played for 10 different teams during his major-league career, spending the last six seasons in Kansas City.

Chen had a club option next year valued at $5.5 million with a $1 million buyout. 

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