The Royals have released pitcher Luis Mendoza so he can sign with the Nippon Ham Fighters, according to the Kansas City Star. Mendoza had three seasons of arbitration remaning on his Royals contract, but the team allowed him to go back to Japan. Mendoza had a 5.36 ERA in 94 innings with Kansas City.
The Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League have an agreement in place to bring Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza to Japan, NPBTracker.com reports. Mendoza has three years of arbitration eligibility remaining in the majors before he's due to become a free agent, but he struggled through 22 appearances (15 starts) in 2013, going 2-6 with a 5.36 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 54:43 K:BB ratio in 94 innings.
Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza is adjusting to his role in the bullpen after he was moved out of the rotation recently. Manager Ned Yost thinks Mendoza needed the move after he looked tired in his last few starts, though Mendoza disagreed with that assessment when speaking to MLB.com Friday. "I don't feel that way," Mendoza said. "Mentally, I feel strong. I've been working hard and my body feels great, but maybe my body feels different than my mind." Mendoza allowed nine runs in his final two starts before the move was made. He has yet to appear in a game since, as of Friday. He has a 4.87 ERA on the season, in 15 starts.
The Royals pulled pitcher Luis Mendoza from the rotation going forward and will use him in long relief, the Kansas City Star reports Monday. Bruce Chen joins the rotation in Mendoza's place. Mendoza was yanked early Sunday against Oakland as he suffered his fifth loss. He's gone 2-5 on the year with a 4.87 ERA, but has a 7.79 ERA over his last four outings with two defeats and no wins.
Royals starting pitcher Luis Mendoza endured his shortest outing of the season as he suffered his fifth loss Sunday afternoon against the A's.Mendoza (1-2) was yanked after surrendering five runs in the second. He yielded five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one over 1 2/3 innings of a 10-4 defeat.Mendoza has allowed nine runs over his last 5 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to make his next start Friday at Cleveland. He is 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA in two starts against the Indians.