Spring Training Moves…

Up here in Kansas City, things (aka home opener planning) are moving at full speed as we inch closer to April 8 and the Yankees. But, as fast as we are chugging along in the front office, down in Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday, things (aka setting the roster) seem to be moving at an even faster pace…

With the deadline to have the regular-season roster set by Sunday, the Royals made some moves Wednesday that lowered their in-camp roster to 38. Here’s a brief rundown of the news from Surprise:

  • Acquired right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.
  • Designated lefty Jorge De La Rosa for assignment to make room for Ramirez.
  • Traded first baseman/outfielder Justin Huber to San Diego for a player to be named later.
  • Optioned pitcher Kyle Davies to AAA.
  • Reassigned pitchers Roman Colon and Chin-Hui Tsao to minor league camp.
  • Reassigned catcher Ken Huckaby to minor league camp (Tuesday night, actually)

Opening Series Pitching Probables: The club also officially announced the probables for the opening series with Detroit:

  • Monday, March 31 – Gil Meche vs. Justin Verlander
  • Wednesday, April 2 – Brian Bannister vs. Kenny Rogers
  • Thursday, April 3 – Zack Greinke vs. Jeremy Bonderman.

Royals Charities News: One last note before closing out Wednesday…we wanted to send our congrats to local Truman High School in Independence, Mo., which defeated William Chrisman High School Tuesday, 13-2 (5 innings), all on a new baseball field.

Here’s the whole story for you: two years ago, Truman H.S. won an area contest sponsored by 610 Sports that helped them fund a new field. Once being named the contest winners, the high school turned to Activity Director Eric Holm, who worked tirelessly to put all the pieces of the puzzle into place by securing sponsors and collecting $10,000 from Royals Charities. Meanwhile, the team played all its games on the road…until Tuesday, of course. Congrats again, Truman High School, and good luck this season!

1 Comment

I like the pitching matchups for the Detroit series. Too bad fans in Oklahoma and Arkansas won’t be able to watch them on TV because David Glass thinks those states are their “home markets” even though the Royals don’t have a network there. All games are blacked out. Why, Royals, won’t you at least acknowledge this horrible tragedy? Why do you hate the fans?

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