Tuesday not only was the Royals’ first full workout day, it also was the day many of the players were fitted for their World Series championship rings.
Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson never has considered himself a backup. But now, this will be his first Spring Training in which he’ll actually have a chance to prove that.
One of the factors that drew right-hander Dillon Gee to sign a Minor League deal with the Royals this offseason was his observation that they seemed like a tight-knit group.
The Royals came into camp with two main questions: Who will be their second baseman, and which two pitchers will claim the final spots in the rotation? “That’s what Spring Training is for,” manager Ned Yost said. “We sort through this stuff. And you keep an open mind.”
Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando’s only intention in terms of an offseason tattoo addition to his body was to create an extension on an existing one on his arm.
Spring Training always is a numbers game, and that is especially true in regards to the Royals’ bullpen this season, where as many as nine guys are competing for just one or two spots.
So, what was Royals second baseman Omar Infante’s reaction to now having to compete for the second-base job with Christian Colon? A shrug of the shoulders.
If there is one reliever who will be on Royals manager Ned Yost’s radar this spring, it will be left-hander Brian Flynn.
Royals left-hander Jason Vargas’ rehab from Tommy John surgery remains on schedule as he continues to play catch three times a week in the Arizona sun.
The Royals on Friday extended a Spring Training invite to first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor, dubbed “The Great Balbino.”
The analytical folks may have doubts about the Royals. The Royals, however, believe in themselves.