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Bruce Chen expected to be placed on disabled list

May 1, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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Bruce Chen was scratched from his start earlier this week due to a swollen disk in his back and now Royals manager Ned Yost tells Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that he expects the veteran left-hander to be placed on the disabled list.

Chen said earlier this week that the injury was giving him “constant pain” and received an epidural injection to ease the swelling. He had a bullpen session this afternoon, but apparently isn’t feeling much improvement.

With Chen sidelined, Danny Duffy is expected to start in his place Saturday against the Tigers. Duffy has been pitching out of the bullpen since coming up from the minors last month, so he’ll likely only throw 65-70 pitches his first time out.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    This move probably should have happened in March.

  2. royalsblues - May 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Duffy may not be the best choice. He hasn’t retired a single batter in his last two relief appearances. However, he has beaned two batters and committed two throwing errors during those two short outings.

  3. bkool37 - May 2, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I agree Duffy has struggled lately. Looking at triple A there is at least one option in that Sugar Ray, but I think the Royals are worried this is going to be a long term thing so stretching Duffy is the better option.

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