Chen would start Game 3 on Monday at Kauffman Stadium and Gonzalez would start Game 4 on Tuesday.
Manager Buck Showalter chose Bud Norris over Chen this afternoon at Camden Yards.
“I like Chen a little more in their ballpark and Bud’s got experience in 4 o’clock games. Whatever. I don’t know,” Showalter said.
“There were a couple other things. It still let Bud be in Game 1 if needed and it allows Bud to be available in Game 5 if needed. With a third left-hander, Chen doesn’t play as much out of the ‘pen.
“It’s not a huge separator. Bud’s had one extra day. Trying to keep the ball there.”
Showalter said every reliever except one should be available today. He’s not revealing the name.
For the Royals
Alcides Escobar SS
Nori Aoki RF
Lorenzo Cain CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Billy Butler DH
Alex Gordon LF
Salvador Perez C
Omar Infante 2B
Mike Moustakas 3B
Yordano Ventura RHP