Royals option Bannister, Costa

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals optioned
right-hander Brian Bannister to Class Triple-A Omaha today. The
Royals got Bannister in a trade with the New York Mets for Ambiorix
Burgos (am-bee-OR'-ihks BUR'-gohs).
Manager Buddy Bell says right-hander Brandon Duckworth will be
the number-five starter. His first start will be April eighth
against Detroit.
The Royals also optioned outfielder Shane Costa to Omaha and
placed shortstop Angel Sanchez on the 60-day disabled list with an
elbow injury.
In other moves, the Royals sent right-hander Kenny Ray to Omaha
and reassigned right-handers Jason Standridge and Zach Day,
infielders Alex Gonzalez and Fernando Cortez and catcher Paul
Phillips to the minor-league camp.
Kansas City now has 30 players in camp.

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