After a big day at spring training for Ryan O’Hearn, the Kansas City Royals first baseman will open the year in the minors.
On Monday, the Royals assigned five players to the minors including right-handed pitchers Bobby Parnell and Chris Withrow, catcher Parker Morin and infielders O’Hearn and Garin Cecchini.
O’Hearn homered and drove in three runs in the Royals’ 10-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Kansas City has also released left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sánchez from his minor league contract.
The Royals now have 38 active players remaining in Major League camp, not including left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn, who is on the 60-day disabled list. Of those 38 players in camp, nine of them are non-roster invitees.