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Two minutes with ... Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza

Updated: 2013-08-28T15:14:34Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

In this edition of the quick interview, I talked with pitcher Luis Mendoza about pitching through last winter and his move to the bullpen.

Question: You pitched through the winter in the Mexican Pacific League and the Caribbean World Series. How are you feeling these days?

Answer: “When they moved me to the bullpen, my arm was very sore. Now, basically my arm feels 100 percent. I think maybe one month ago I could tell you my arm was a little bit tired. My body felt it. Moving to the bullpen helped me recover.”

Question: Did pitching coach Dave Eiland teach you a cutter?

Answer: “Yes, last year. It’s nothing big. It just goes to the other side like my two-seam (fastball).”

Question: Do you call it a cutter?

Answer: “It’s not a big cutter. I can’t call it a cutter, because it doesn’t move big. When they expected it to move to the right side, it just moves to the other side a little bit.”

Question: Did it make a big difference for you?

Answer: “Yeah, it helped. It’s a different pitch from what they expect from me. I’m a sinker guy. I just want to get ahead on the inside of the plate, with lefties outside. To have that pitch, just changed everything to help me get people out.”

Question: Have you adjusted to the move to the bullpen?

Answer: “In the beginning it was kind of tough. You don’t know when you’re going to pitch. I remember being 16 days without pitching. I just try to get some bullpens in and just hope the next day to pitch. I can say hope, but I do want the starters to go deep into games, and they’ve been doing a great job lately. But when I get a chance, I just want to do my job.”

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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