KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals left-hander Bruce Chen will be scratched from Saturday’s start because of a bulging disk, and left-hander Danny Duffy likely will take his place against the Detroit Tigers.
Chen, who had an epidural shot for the disk on Sunday, was scheduled to throw a side session before Thursday’s game against the Jays.
But manager Ned Yost said Chen was in too much discomfort to even get loose enough to throw the session.
Yost indicated the Royals likely would have to put Chen on the disabled list, and then make a corresponding move by bringing up a pitcher from Triple-A Omaha. One possibility is left-hander Tim Collins, who is on a rehab assignment with Omaha. Collins pitched two innings Thursday.
Chen last pitched April 24 against Cleveland and his DL stint likely will be back-dated to then.