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The Kansas City Royals announced prior to tonight’s game with the Cleveland Indians that left-hander Bruce Chen was designated for assignment. Louis Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. The Royals now have 39 players on their 40-man roster and will need to add Jayson Nix at some point. Nix was claimed off waivers yesterday.
Manager Ned Yost said the conversation with Bruce was hard but added that the long relief role he had been in didn’t suit him well and that he was fit to be a starter.
“He’s been here a long time,” Yost said. “His presence on the field as well as off the field has been big for all of us. He was always there to uplift you. He’s a guy that everybody looked to to lighten the mood in all situations. He’s going to be missed. Great guy.”
Christian Colon will start again at second base in place of Omar Infante, who will miss his fourth straight game with right-shoulder soreness.
The Royals announced today that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen to a one-year contract for the 2014 season, with a mutual option for 2015. In a corresponding roster move, infielder Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment.
Chen, 36, completed his fifth season with the Royals in 2013, going 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA (44 ER in 121.0 IP) in 34 appearances (15 starts). The veteran worked out of the bullpen the first three months of the season, before earning a spot in the rotation on July 12. He posted a 5-0 mark and a 1.62 ERA (13 ER in 72.1 IP) from the start of the year to August 17.
A fan favorite, Chen was introduced to great applause on Saturday at Royals FanFest. He participated in two main stage programs, autograph sessions and a speed pitch activity (the soft-tossing lefty joked a little about his involvement in the speed pitch).
Team photographer Chris Vleisides has touched down in Arizona. Here are a few photos from today’s intrasquad game, the first of 2013. Check back for more pictures!
The South Caravan wrapped up with three stops on Monday. The first was in Springdale, Ark., home of the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Royals owner David Glass met with pitchers Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy and Will Smith before a luncheon, which was hosted by the Naturals and the Springdale Rotary. The program included Glass greeting the crowd of over 200. A Q&A session for the pitchers followed, with Chen providing several laughs. Fans were happy to see former Naturals Duffy and Smith, who helped the club to the 2010 Texas League title. We also noticed a Bruce Chen Northwest Arkansas jersey – a very rare item as the lefty made just one rehab start with the club!
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced provisional rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be held from March 2 – 19. Nine players from the Royals organization were named to the provisional squads, including six players on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
The selections are as follows: Left-handed pitchers Bruce Chen (China) and Tim Collins (United States), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and J.C. Sulbaran (The Netherlands), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic), and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil). Chen, Collins, Falu, Herrera, Mendoza and Perez played for Kansas City in 2012. Tejada is a non-roster invitee to 2013 spring training, while Orlando and Sulbaran are both on the Double-A Northwest Arkansas roster. Chen will become the first Major Leaguer to represent China in the event.
Royals Caravan launched yesterday with an awards luncheon and last night, fans flocked to Rally House in Independence for an autograph session. We had a great turnout – the line stretched out the door (and it was a chilly night in the Midwest). Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer led off, followed by Bruce Chen, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. Let’s take a look:
The Kansas City Royals, in conjunction with pitcher and funnyman Bruce Chen, have announced details of a new “Joke of the Day” promotion for the 2012 season. Fans are encouraged to submit their favorite funny line for an opportunity to have it delivered by Chen on the CrownVision video board during a 2012 Royals home game. To be considered, fans may submit their joke in 300 characters or less at www.royals.com/jokes by Friday, February 10.
Royals fans can guarantee Opening Day tickets with any Full Season or Half Season plan in addition to the opportunity to purchase 2012 MLB All-Star Game ticket strips. Royals season ticket holders also receive reserved parking, the priority to purchase additional tickets for all 2012 home games, access to special events and more!
All season ticket packages are available online at royals.com/tickets and by calling (816) 504-4040.
Today, the Royals recognized honorees for exceptional contributions on and off the field in 2011. We’ll start with photos of the media session, which took place before the event.
Top to bottom: General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Ned Yost, 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year Alex Gordon, 2011 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year Bruce Chen and 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner Eric Hosmer
Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners. Let’s take a look!
Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event. Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards. Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!
Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.
Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.
John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award. John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.
Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010. On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.
Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average. Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time. Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.
Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star. The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field. Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.