The Royals today have claimed catcher George Kottaras on Outright Waivers from the Oakland Athletics. To create room on the 40-man roster, the club designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment.
The 29-year-old Kottaras (kuh-tar-us) has played for the Red Sox (2008-09), Brewers (2010-12) and Athletics (2012), batting .220 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI in 249 Major League contests. The left-handed hitter posted a .351 on-base percentage while drawing a career-high 37 walks in 85 games for Milwaukee and Oakland in 2012 while helping the A’s win the American League West after being acquired on July 29. He blasted six home runs for Oakland in just 27 games and then appeared in four games during the A’s Divisional Series vs. Detroit. Born in Scarbourough, Ontario, Canada, Kottaras now resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Abreu, 28, hit .257 in 22 games for the Royals in 2012 after spending a majority of the campaign at Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals and 610 Sports Radio today announced the first 16 broadcasts of the 2013 Royals Spring Training Radio schedule that will air on KCSP-AM. All Spring Training contests will be webcast on royals.com, including the games not on 610 Sports Radio. The Royals and 610 Sports Radio will add four more broadcasts once the NCAA Tournament schedule is released due to 610’s commitment to University of Kansas basketball.
The 2013 spring radio broadcast schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 22 @ Texas, 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 @ Texas, 2:05 p.m.
Monday, February 25 vs. Arizona, 2:05 p.m.
Thursday, February 28 @ San Diego, 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 @ Cincinnati, 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 vs. Oakland, 2:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 7 vs. Seattle (ss), 2:05 p.m.
Friday, March 8 @ Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 vs. Los Angeles Angels, 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 @ Oakland, 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 vs. Chicago White Sox, 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 vs. Colorado, 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 3:05 p.m.
Monday, March 25 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26 @ Seattle, 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 @ Milwaukee, 3:05 p.m.
*All Times Central – Game Times Subject to Change
For the 45th year, Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews will call Spring Training play-by-play action. Matthews will be joined by Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart. The exhibition webcasts will be anchored by Stewart.
FOX Sports Kansas City will air two shows produced from the 2013 Royals FanFest. They’ll feature interviews with Royals players, plus sights and sounds from the event. Here’s a broadcast schedule (times Central, check your local listings):
Friday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Monday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Wednesday, January 30 at 10 p.m. (episode 1)
Sunday February 3 at 10 p.m. (episode 1) and 10:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Friday, February 8 at 4 p.m. (episode 1) and 4:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Bobbleheads, jerseys, Buck Nights…they are all favorites for visitors to The K. The 2013 promotions and special events schedule was announced on Tuesday. Check it all out at royals.com/promotions !
The South Caravan wrapped up with three stops on Monday. The first was in Springdale, Ark., home of the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Royals owner David Glass met with pitchers Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy and Will Smith before a luncheon, which was hosted by the Naturals and the Springdale Rotary. The program included Glass greeting the crowd of over 200. A Q&A session for the pitchers followed, with Chen providing several laughs. Fans were happy to see former Naturals Duffy and Smith, who helped the club to the 2010 Texas League title. We also noticed a Bruce Chen Northwest Arkansas jersey – a very rare item as the lefty made just one rehab start with the club!
This year’s Caravan has focused on reaching out to military members. At each stop, fans have been able to make cards for military personnel who are either overseas or returning from an assignment. For each card, $1 is donated to the USO’s of Fort Riley and Missouri. Today, troops from Fort Leonard Wood visited the Royals Caravan in Springfield. Here’s a look at that visit, plus a look at Royals fans creating the special cards.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield inducts a class each year, and several Royals have been enshrined. The 2013 class will be inducted next weekend, with Mike Sweeney making the special trek to Springfield. Royals Hall of Fame Pitcher Dennis Leonard entered the MO Sports Hall in 2003. This afternoon, he returned on Royals Caravan and visited with many loyal Royals fans. Here are two photos of “Leo”: First, the Class of 2003 display. Second, a display on fishing, which got a thumbs up from the avid outdoorsman.