Former major league infielder Dallas McPherson was among the 10 players the Oakland Athletics reassigned to their minor league camp on Sunday. The team also reassigned right-handed pitchers Sam Demel and Matt Wright, left-handed pitcher Cedrick Bowers, catchers Joel Galarraga and Max Stassi, and infielders Grant Green, Jemile Weeks, Matt Whitney and Corey Wimberly. The Athletics have 53 players remaining in camp with the 40-man roster and 13 non-roster invitees. The breakdown includes 27 pitchers, four catchers, 12 infielders and 10 outfielders.
Infielder Grant Desme, former Angels third baseman Dallas McPherson and ex-Reds reliever Marcus McBeth are among 19 players extended invitations to spring training on Monday by the A's. They also signed pitcher Matt Wright, infielder Matt Whitney, reliever Cedrick Bowers and reliever Fernando Hernandez to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. The other 13 invitations are players already in the organization: right-handers Sam Demel and Tyson Ross; catchers Josh Donaldson, Joel Galarraga, Anthony Recker and Max Stassi; infielders Adrian Cardenas, Grant Green, Brett Wallace and Jemile Weeks; and outfielders Matt Carson, Corey Wimberly and Desme.
The Kansas City Royals optioned RHPs Henry Barrera and Julio Pimentel (elbow) to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday. Also, they reassigned RHP Matt Wright to minor league camp. Pimentel will be out at least six weeks with an elbow injury and possibly the season, if surgery is required. The Royals say Pimentel has a non-displaced bone spur fracture in his pitching elbow. The bone spur is close to the ulnar collateral ligament. Manager Trey Hillman says the 23-year-old is waiting for a second opinion on whether he needs surgery.
Royals RHP Matt Wright has not pitched since March 6 because of a strained left groin.
The Royals re-signed C Matt Tupman and RHP Matt Wright to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Also, they offered salary arbitration to 2B Mark Grudzielanek, who has until Sunday night to accept. If he does, he becomes a signed player. If he doesn't, the Royals could still sign him back in free agency.
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