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Rotowire: Mar 31 / 2:27p ET
News: Blanton accepted his assignment to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Blanton came out of retirement to join the Royals' camp in February but was never considered a likely candidate to crack the big league roster by Opening Day. The 34-year-old didn't have a bad spring, posting a 2.79 ERA in 9.2 innings of work, but he'll likely stay with the Triple-A club unless the parent team's pitching staff gets hit with the injury bug.
Rotowire: Feb 13 / 8:09a ET
News: Blanton has come out of retirement and signed a minor league deal with the Royals, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: That was a short retirement. Blanton will almost definitely open the season in Triple-A, considering he would have to beat out Edinson Volquez and Kris Medlen for the fifth starter spot despite not pitching for an entire year. Blanton was also awful in 2013, pitching a 6.04 ERA and 1.613 WHIP. Him returning to the majors would be a nice story, but it's not happening barring a slew of injuries to the Royals' rotation.