Bruce Chen P KC 1 Month

Chen was designated for assignment Friday.

Chen struggled in his last relief outing, allowing six earned runs in just one inning of work. The horrid inning raised his ERA to 7.45 on the season, a number that is too high to overlook at the major league level. He will now have to decide whether to accept his assignment or look for work with another club.

Bruce Chen P KC 2 Months

Bruce Chen allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Chen took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning but proceeded to allow six runs over the next two-plus innings of work. Jason Vargas continues to inch closer to being activated, meaning Chen's days in the rotation are limited. He owns a 6.42 ERA and 1.67 WHIP on the year.

Bruce Chen P KC 2 Months

Bruce Chen held the White Sox to one run over five innings in a win Tuesday.

Chen's only mistake was a home run by Adam Dunn, but the left-hander limited the Sox to four hits and no runs over the rest of his time on the mound. It was his first win since April 19 and just his second win overall. Chen has filled in admirably in Jason Vargas' absence, but with Vargas nearing a return Chen will soon fade back into fantasy irrelevance.

Bruce Chen P KC 3 Months

Bruce Chen allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday.

Chen, who's filling in for Jason Vargas as he recovers from an appendectomy, struck out two without walking a batter on the day. He owns a 6.46 ERA and 1.66 WHIP through 30 2/3 innings as a spot starter and long reliever.

Bruce Chen P KC 3 Months

Royals activated LHP Bruce Chen from the 60-day disabled list.

Chen has been out since late April because of a back injury and did not pitch well on his minor league rehab assignment. The left-hander carries no fantasy value and he might not be in the majors for very long.

Bruce Chen P KC 3 Months

Royals transferred LHP Bruce Chen from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Justin Maxwell. Chen is due back soon from a back injury.

Bruce Chen P KC 4 Months

Bruce Chen (back) is expected to need two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list.

Chen allowed two runs on eight hits over three innings in his first rehab outing with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday. He's being stretched out as a starter, but there's no guarantee he'll return as a member of the rotation.

Bruce Chen P KC 4 Months

Bruce Chen (back) will make a minor league rehab start Tuesday will Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Chen, out since late April with a bulging disk in his lower back, is scheduled to throw 45 pitches. He figures to return in the next couple of weeks, but he might do so in the bullpen.

Bruce Chen P KC 4 Months

Bruce Chen (back) will be cleared for a rehab assignment if he gets through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

Chen has already thrown a simulated game and live batting practice this week. It's not clear how many rehab starts he'll need, but he's close to returning. However, it could be as a reliever.

Bruce Chen P KC 4 Months

Bruce Chen (back) threw live batting practice on Friday.

It comes after he had a successful simulated game on Monday. Chen is nearing a rehab assignment and should be ready to rejoin the Royals in early June. As long as Yordano Ventura (elbow) can avoid the DL as the Royals expect, Chen might return as a reliever.