Monday's roundup: Chen retires, Cubs to DFA Phil Coke
Chicago — Well-traveled pitcher Bruce Chen has announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the major leagues.
Chen, who pitched for 11 teams, revealed his decision Monday night on Twitter and it was confirmed by the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment Saturday.
Indians manager Terry Francona had said Chen wanted to speak with his family about whether he should try to continue pitching.
In a series of tweets, the 37-year-old lefty from Panama thanked his family, the teams he played for and the fans for support during his career.
Chen broke into the majors in 1998 with Atlanta and also pitched for Philadelphia, the New York Mets, Montreal, Cincinnati, Houston, Boston, Baltimore, Texas and Kansas City. He was 82-81 with a 4.62 ERA.
Around the horn
The Cubs will designate RP Phil Coke, 32, for assignment, probably Tuesday, ESPNChicago.com reports. The former Tigers lefty, who made the club out of spring training after signing a minor league deal, has given up seven earned runs in 10 innings.
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