Royals roundup: Bruce Chen steps up

Royals starting pitching Gil Meche went on the disabled list May 30. If he needs surgery, doctors might find Trey Hillman‘s signature burned into the right-hander’s broken muscles. Meche just hasn’t been the same since he complained of a dead arm and then proceeded to throw 121 and 114 pitches under the ex-manager’s “care.”

Left-hander Bruce Chen took Meche’s place in the rotation. He’s done a terrific job, allowing just three earned runs in two starts.

Chen’s is one of those “only in baseball” stories. Ethnically Chinese, he grew up in Panama. He was 16 years old when he signed by the Atlanta Braves. While being groomed as a big-leaguer, he finished high school in the United States and eventually took engineering courses at Georgia Tech.

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