The final spot in the Royals’ rotation goes to right-hander Luis Mendoza after a series of strong spring performances. Mendoza, 29, won the job Tuesday morning when manager Ned Yost announced plans to shift left-hander Bruce Chen to the bullpen. “Mendy had a better spring,” Yost said. “He’s a better guy right now. The reason for that is Bruce, like most veteran players, has been a little slow to get it going in spring training. “Starting the season, we wanted to put the guys out there who were doing the best in spring training. “I’m not saying that won’t change somewhere down the road because the more we get deeper into it, who knows what is going to happen? But that’s where we’re starting.” Mendoza allowed just one one run in 11 innings over three spring appearances, while Chen surrendered 13 runs and 16 hits in 13 2/3 innings in four outings. “That was my main goal,” said Mendoza, who has one spring start remaining. “But it’s not just that, I want to do my best, pitch well, pitch to win and help my teammates to have the opportunity to win games.” Yost previously announced the rotation’s front four will be James Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis.
Royals pick Mendoza for final spot in rotation; Chen goes to bullpen
Kansas City Star | Mar 26