Kansas City Royals Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Sparkman will start Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Rangers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Impact: In his first season with the Royals organization, Sparkman spent most of his time in the minors starting, but wound up relieving for the most part in the majors. The results: a 3.65 ERA and 1.22 WHIP between Double-A and Triple-A, and a 4.46 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in the big leagues. Sparkman seems to be viewed more as a long reliever for the Royals as things stand now, though he could land a few spot starts here and there if the team's rotation is plagued with injuries.