SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals officially open
spring training tomorrow with pitchers and catchers.
But most of the team's 31 pitchers and seven catchers have
already been in camp for volunteer workouts for a week.
Rookie manager Trey Hillman invited them to show up early, and
at last 30 players already are working out.
The early arrivals include Gil Meche, Brian Bannister and Zack
Greinke, who are the top three in the Royals' rotation, plus
veteran catchers John Buck and Miguel Olivo.
Several position players are also at camp, including David
DeJesus, Joey Gathright, Billy Butler, Ryan Shealy and Alex Gordon.
The first full squad workout isn't scheduled until Tuesday.
Hillman and his coaching staff spent most of today in meetings
with general manager Dayton Moore, scouts and other front office
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