Royals release Bruce Chen

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The Royals have announced that the club has released pitcher Bruce Chen. Chen was designated for assignment one week ago, several days after an ugly relief appearance against the Twins in which he allowed six runs in one inning.

Chen, 37, spent roughly two months on the disabled list between April 24 and June 28 with a back injury. He posted miserable numbers split between seven starts and six relief appearances: a 2-4 record with a 7.45 ERA and a 36/16 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Though Chen pitched well in 2013, it would not be surprising if the lefty decided to call it a career.