Royals will have more cuts before exhibition series in Milwaukee

The Royals still have 38 players in camp. Manager Ned Yost wants to trim that number to 25 before the team leaves for a two-game exhibition series in Milwaukee. There are not many spots left to be decided. Brett Hayes looks comfortable ensconced in the backup catcher’s spot, in part thanks to Ramon Hernandez’s lingering knee issues. The team is still committed to bring five outfielders, with Danny Valencia as their lone backup infielder.

Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman shares photo showing staples in his head

This photo isn’t for the squeamish, but the scar that Reds closer Aroldis Chapman will be left with following surgery to implant a steel plate into his fractured skull will be a lasting reminder that the damage he sustained from getting hit with Salvy Perez’s liner late Wednesday night could’ve been much, much worse.

Omar Infante still a concern heading into season

Omar Infante received a cortisone injection on Tuesday to combat a bone spur in his right elbow, as the Royals middle infield remains a source of concern heading into the season. Infante had recently recovered from a bout of shoulder inflammation. He believes his current condition is related to this initial injury. As the medicine takes hold in his arm, he does not plan to throw a baseball until Friday at the earliest.

Luke Hochevar scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday

Luke Hochevar is scheduled to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers team physician, will perform the operation to repair Hochevar’s torn ulnar collateral ligament. Hochevar decided on the surgery after receiving a second opinion from ElAttrache two weeks ago.

Royals’ GM Dayton Moore says no regrets about Ervin Santana signing with Braves

Ervin Santana reportedly agreed to a deal worth $14.1 million with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. That is identical to the qualifying offer the Royals gave in November. Santana rejected it, and sought a nine-figure, multi-year deal. His efforts were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the Royals believe Jason Vargas and younger pitchers can offset some of Santana’s performance in 2013 (he threw 211 innings with a 3.24 ERA).