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Royals place Bruce Chen on DL with back injury

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Bruce Chen's bad back is forcing him to the DL. (USATSI)
Bruce Chen's bad back is forcing him to the DL. (USATSI)

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The Royals on Friday placed left-handed starter Bruce Chen on the 15-day DL because of ongoing back pain. He hasn't pitched since April 24.

To fill Chen's spot on the active roster, the Royals have recalled right-hander Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha. Lefty Danny Duffy will come out of the bullpen to take Chen's spot in the rotation. Duffy is slated to start Saturday against the Tigers.

Chen, 36, is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA and 3.70 WHIP through four starts this season. Last year he was much more effective: 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. As for Duffy he's been impressive in relief this season, and in 2013 he posted a 1.85 ERA in five big-league starts.

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