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Royals’ roster shuffle continues with eight additions

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Mar 27, 2022; Mesa, Arizona, USA; Kansas City Royals infielder Nick Pratto (32) at bat in the third inning during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals made eight roster additions Thursday, while 10 were placed on the restricted list in advance of a four-game series at Toronto.

Due to health mandates in Canada, MLB players are not allowed into the country unless they have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi was officially placed on the restricted list Thursday, along with infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield, first baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier and right-handed starting pitchers Brad Keller and Brady Singer. Also not making the trip were catchers MJ Melendez and Cam Gallagher, outfielders Michael A. Taylor and Kyle Isbel and right-handed reliever Dylan Coleman.

The Royals added top first-base prospect Nick Pratto from Triple-A Omaha for his first stint on the major league roster. Also added were catcher Sebastian Rivero, infielder Maikel Garcia and lefty Angel Zerpa, from Double-A Arkansas. The club also selected the contracts of infielder/outfielder Nate Eaton, catcher Freddy Fermin, outfielder Brewer Hicklen and infielder Michael Massey from Omaha.

Due to MLB rules regarding replacing players on the restricted list, two starting pitchers — Brad Keller and Brady Singer — can’t be replaced yet because it has not been four days since they last pitched. Those two spots are expected to be filled before the end of the series Sunday.

Before the additions were made, the Royals did not have an eligible catcher and were down to one outfielder: Edward Olivares.

The Royals entered the series with a 35-53 record and were in last place in the American League Central.

–Field Level Media