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Royals expect Alcides Escobar, Kendrys Morales to arrive at camp on time

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar fielded a single hit by San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse in the second inning in game two of the World Series on Oct. 22, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium. Escobar has not yet arrived in Surprise, Ariz., for spring training, but manager Ned Yost says he expects Escobar to arrive before Tuesday.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar fielded a single hit by San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse in the second inning in game two of the World Series on Oct. 22, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium. Escobar has not yet arrived in Surprise, Ariz., for spring training, but manager Ned Yost says he expects Escobar to arrive before Tuesday. The Kansas City Star

Tuesday marks the full-squad report day for Kansas City. The pitchers and catchers have been conducting workouts since Friday. A good chunk of the position players are already here.

The only two players missing from the starting lineup are shortstop Alcides Escobar and designated hitter Kendrys Morales.

Manager Ned Yost indicated he expected both players to report on time. He said he had not been informed about any visa issues for any other players.

Escobar will likely begin the season as the team’s leadoff hitter, the position he held during last season’s playoffs. Morales is looking to bounce back from a rough 2014. His place in the batting order has not yet been decided.

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