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Bruce Chen: May Play For China in WBC

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Update: With his native Panama failing to qualify for play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Chen is waiting to hear from Team China as to whether or not he can pitch for them, the Royals official site reports. "Team China contacted me about the possibility of playing for them," Chen said. "I told them I'd think about it, but they're in the process of seeing if I can become eligible first. There's nothing [definite] yet."

Recommendation: Getting prepared to pitch in the World Baseball Classic could give Chen a leg up in the competition for the fifth starter's job in the Royals rotation this season. He can be an innings eater for the club this season and coming into Spring Training already in early to mid-season form would certainly allow the club a better look when making its final decision between him, Luke Hochevar and Luis Mendoza. It won't do much for his ratios and he still won't be a recommended starter during the year, but at least it has the potential of keeping him out of the bullpen or even the minors.

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