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“Constant pain” sends Bruce Chen to the disabled list

May 2, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT

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Earlier this week Royals left-hander Bruce Chen described himself as being in “constant pain” because of a swollen disk in his back, but planned to pitch through the pain. He won’t get a chance to do that, however, as the Royals have placed him on the disabled list.

Chen posted a 7.45 ERA in four starts this season and isn’t exactly an ace even when he’s healthy, so there was little reason for the Royals to keep trotting him out there every fifth day at obviously less than 100 percent.

Danny Duffy will step into Chen’s rotation spot and it’s entirely possible that by the time the 37-year-old southpaw is ready to return from the DL the Royals will want to stick with the 25-year-old southpaw anyway. Of course, they re-signed Chen to a two-year contract just months ago, so maybe not.

  1. El Bravo - May 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Constant pain? Huh, could have sworn it was “constant underachieving”.

  2. tysonpunchinguterus - May 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Hmmm, I believe Royals fans also experienced constant pain when Chen pitched this season.

  3. Bar None - May 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I didn’t realize my neighbor’s kid was around Chen that much.

  4. jwbiii - May 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Not much point in running him out there when he’s hurt and ineffective.

  5. pisano - May 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I didn’t this guy ever threw hard enough to have pain.

  6. pisano - May 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Correction, I didn’t “think” this guy ever threw hard enough to have pain. is what I meant to say.

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