Chen, Davies strong in rehab, hope to return

Chen, Davies strong in rehab, hope to return

Chen, Davies strong in rehab, hope to return
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Royals' rotation could get some stability and experience soon from a couple of familiar faces.

Manager Ned Yost said he hopes to get injured starters Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies back into the next turn of the rotation. The two pitched a rehab assignment for Triple-A Omaha on Monday night -- a 6-3 Storm Chasers win -- and the results indicated they might be ready if activated.

Chen, on the disabled list since May 6 with a left lat strain, started the game, giving up two runs on a solo home run and a sacrifice fly. He went four innings, allowing six hits and striking out one. After the game, Chen said he had no soreness or pain in his injured lat.

Chen isn't sure what the Royals' plans are as far as bringing him back, but will be ready in case he's activated.

"I don't know. They obviously have some decisions [to make]," Chen said. "I'm feeling good, the only thing I can do is be sharp for whenever they want to activate me."

Davies has been on the DL since May 18 with rotator cuff inflammation. He pitched the last five innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five.

"I was having fun. The arm was good," Davies said. "Obviously the most important thing that comes out of rehab is to make sure you're healthy. First of all, make sure you're doing all your stuff to get yourself loose. I felt good out there. It was the first time in a long time that I can say I was loose, free and easy and having fun."

Adam Holt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.