With Opening Day creeping ever closer, the Royals cut 14 players from their spring-training roster and gave them minor-league assignments.
The lone player who stood a chance, albeit a remote one, to make the club was left-handed pitcher Chris Dwyer. He was optioned to Class AAA Omaha, where he will be stashed as one of the organization’s best options if the big-league club needs a starting pitcher.
“Dwyer looked great,” manager Ned Yost said. “Dwyer was a tough one. But we run out of innings this time of year, when starters start to get lengthened out. And we didn’t want him sitting here pitching one inning over the next seven or eight days, when he could be down getting himself lengthened out.
“Because he’s going to be a viable candidate, if something happens, to come up and step into the rotation.”
The other assignments:
John Lamb, Cheslor Cuthbert and Lane Adams were optioned to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.
Shipped to minor-league camp (because they aren’t on the 40-man roster): Jason Adam, Aaron Brooks, Sugar Ray Marimon, Kyle Zimmer (who still hasn’t thrown off a mound yet), Juan Graterol, Brandon Laird, Jorge Bonifacio, Gorkys Hernandez, Melky Mesa and Paulo Orlando.