Yost says Chen has spot in rotation all but locked up
JAN 31, 2014 8:03p ET
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It has been quite a week for left-hander Bruce Chen.
First, Chen re-signed with the Royals on Thursday. On Friday, manager Ned Yost told us that in all probability, Chen has a spot sewed up in the rotation.
"I think we're going into (spring training) with Bruce having one of the five spots," Yost said in between his duties at the Royals' FanFest. "I'm going into it with the mindset that you can't evaluate Bruce in spring training. He's not one of those kind of guys that can go in and compete because he's not a spring training pitcher.
"But once the bell rings, he's been phenomenal for us. He's been as consistent as anyone can be. You know what you're getting with Bruce. You're going to get six or seven really solid innings and he's going to keep you in the game.
"Unless something really dramatically happens between now and then, Bruce will probably have one of those five spots."
"That's the beauty of spring training," Yost said. "You can lengthen guys out and then see and adjust off of it. When we put Hoch in the bullpen last year, we went from a good bullpen to a phenomenal bullpen. And then when we put Wade Davis in the bullpen, we became a lights out bullpen.
"It's all about what helps us win more ballgames."
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