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March 26, 2013 12:55 PM

Royals pick Mendoza for final spot in rotation; Chen goes to bullpen

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. 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.

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