Royals release veteran lefty Chen

Royals release veteran lefty Chen

NEW YORK -- The Royals announced Friday evening that they had officially released veteran left-hander Bruce Chen.

Chen, who was in his sixth season with the Royals, was designated for assignment on Aug. 29 after allowing six runs in the 10th inning against the Twins the night before.

Chen began this season in the Royals' rotation, but he was sidetracked after four starts (1-2 record, 7.45 ERA) by a bulging disc in his back. Left-hander Danny Duffy took his spot in the rotation, and when Chen returned to the roster from the 60-day disabled list, he was primarily used as a long reliever.

Working his way back from a year off after Tommy John surgery in 2008, Chen joined the Royals in 2009. Chen finished his Kansas City career with a 47-43 record and a 4.53 ERA in 156 games (113 starts). He led the club in wins for three straight years, from 2010-12.

Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.