SURPRISE, AZ (March 29, 2011) – The Kansas City Royals have announced today that the club has optioned right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro to Omaha (AAA) and returned right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman, Luis Mendoza and Zach Miner, and infielders Irving Falu and Lance Zawadzki to minor league camp. Following the moves, the Royals have 28 active players in Major League camp and 40 on the 40-man roster.
The 24-year-old Mazzaro is expected to join the Royals as a starter on April 16 when the club hosts the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.
Additional moves to set the Opening Day 25-man roster are expected tomorrow following the club’s 3 p.m. workout at Kauffman Stadium. The Major League roster as it stands today is:
Pitchers (12): Nate Adcock, Bruce Chen (L), Tim Collins (L), Aaron Crow , Kyle Davies, Jeff Francis (L), Luke Hochevar, Jeremy Jeffress, Sean O’Sullivan, Joakim Soria, Robinson Tejeda, Kanekoa Texeira.
Catchers (4): Jason Kendall, Lucas May, Brayan Pena (S), Matt Treanor.
Infielders (6): Mike Aviles, Wilson Betemit (S), Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz (L), Kila Ka’aihue (L).
Outfielders (6): Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera, Jarrod Dyson, Jeff Francoeur, Alex Gordon, Mitch Maier.