Winter Storm Diverts Caravan

This weekend’s weather storm across the Midwest will shorten the Royals latest Caravan by a day. The team, in consultation with radio affiliates in Nebraska, has cancelled first day activities of the planned three-day winter caravan trip. "We don’t want to take any chances with our players and staff on the trip," said Toby Cook, Royals Vice President of Public Relations, "and we certainly don’t want to put our fans at risk."

Cook said Senior Director of Public Relations, Lora Grosshans, is making arrangements for activities Tuesday and Wednesday. An 11 am autograph session at Wal-Mart in Grand Island, Neb., has been cancelled for Tuesday, but the caravan should be able to continue its regular schedule Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.

Royals First Baseman Ryan Shealy will likely join the caravan Tuesday. His flight out of Florida Sunday night was cancelled. Cook said the Royals standout prospect Alex Gordon might not be able to make the trip at all.

"We’ll make it up to the fans and our radio affiliates somehow," Cook said.

Royals Pitcher Ryan Braun, Royals Hall of Fame Second Baseman Frank White and Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre will still travel with the group to Nebraska.

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