KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals left-hander Bruce Chen got some sound advice back in spring training a few moments after manager Ned Yost told him he had been demoted to the bullpen.
"I had a couple of people tell me that good things will happen," Chen says, "and that teams that start with five starters never finish with the same five starters. I never really thought about it that way, but I kept that in the back of my mind.
"I told myself to just stick with it and just do what I can and wait for that chance."
Sure enough, a few weeks ago, Chen got called back into Yost's office and was told he'd be going back into the rotation.
The only downside for Chen was that his delight came at the expense of one of his closest friends, Luis Mendoza, whose spot in the rotation Chen was taking.
"I felt bad for him, really bad," Chen says. "That's the hard part about baseball."
But while Chen consoled Mendoza, he also knew he had to get busy adjusting back to being a starter.
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