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Cut loose by Royals, White joins independent team

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--Frank White, who is in the Royals Hall of Fame but was axed by the club as a television commentator in December, has been hired by the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent minor league club in Wyandotte County, Kansas. White, who has a statue outside of Kauffman Stadium, will be a first base coach and serve in a variety of other roles with the T-Bones. White coached and managed in the minors and majors from 1992-2006.

--RHP Roman Colon, who had a 5.33 ERA in 48 relief appearances in 2009-10 with Kansas City, has signed a minor league contract with the Royals. Colon, 32, was released by the Royals last year so he could play in Korea.

--LHP Francisley Bueno, who has been added to the Royals' non-roster spring training invitees, went 4-2 with a 1.90 ERA in 11 games, including seven starts, in the Dominican Winter League. Bueno, 30, held opposing hitters to a .179 average, allowing only 28 hits in 42 2/3 innings. He was 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA last season for Monterrey in the Class AAA Mexican League.

--RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was 10-7 with a 3.73 ERA while splitting time between high Class A Wilmington (Del.) and Class AA Northwest Arkansas, was invited to his first spring training as a non-roster player. Odorizzi was acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade.

--OF Wil Myers, who is considered the Royals' top hitting prospect, received an invitation to his first spring training. Myers battled a knee injury last season and hit only .253 with eight home runs in 99 games with Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League, but had a productive Arizona Fall League.

BY THE NUMBERS
8-17 -- Royals' record on Wednesdays in 2011, by far their worst record of any day.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He dominated the Carolina League the half he was there and he went to Double-A, and there's a little bit of a learning curve, but he adjusted really quick. For me, that's a pretty good sign." -- Scott Sharp, the Royals' minor league director, on RHP Jake Odorizzi, who will come to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

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