Viloria was outrighted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday.
Viloria has appeared in 67 games at the big-league level but hasn't looked like even a backup option behind the plate, hitting just .215/.266/.287. It's no surprise that he passed through waivers unclaimed, though he's still just 24 years old, so it's certainly possible he continues to improve and winds up back in the big leagues eventually.
The Royals designated Viloria for assignment Thursday.
The catcher was cast off the 40-man roster to clear a spot for outfielder Kyle Isbel, who will start and bat seventh Thursday against the Rangers in his MLB debut. Viloria missed out on the Royals' Opening Day roster after the team named Cam Gallagher the top backup to No. 1 backstop Salvador Perez.
Viloria was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Viloria has spent parts of each of the last three seasons in Kansas City, racking up 201 plate appearances while serving as the club's backup catcher. However, with both Salvador Perez and Cam Gallagher healthy at this point, he appears set to begin the season in the minors.
Viloria was optioned to the alternate training site Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Viloria joined the Royals with Salvador Perez (eye) sidelined, and he received 21 at-bats over 15 games in his time with the team. Perez returns from the injured list Friday with Cam Gallagher set to work as the reserve catcher.
Viloria remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Since being recalled from the Royals' taxi squad Aug. 16, Viloria has started in seven of the team's 23 games, going 4-for-21 at the dish. Though top backstop Salvador Perez (eye) is still sidelined, Cam Gallagher will continue to serve as the No. 1 catcher until the former is ready to return from the 10-day injured list.
The Royals recalled Viloria from the taxi squad prior to Sunday's game against the Twins.
He assumed the active roster spot of Jakob Junis (back), who was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Though Viloria drew the start at catcher Sunday after Salvador Perez (eye) was scratched ahead of the contest, he'll likely serve as the No. 2 option behind Cam Gallagher in the event Perez's bout with blurry vision results in him moving to the IL.
The Royals optioned Viloria to their alternate training site Thursday.
Viloria's demotion helps the Royals get their roster down from 30 to 28 men ahead of Thursday's deadline. The Royals' No. 3 catcher had yet to appear in a game for the club this season.
Viloria was recalled by the Royals on Wednesday.
Viloria could compete with Cam Gallagher for backup catcher at-bats this season, but it would take an injury to Salvador Perez for either player to earn significant playing time. Viloria hit just .211/.259/.286 in 42 games last season.
Viloria was optioned by the Royals on Saturday.
Viloria was activated from the injured list Thursday and was expected to serve as a backup catcher for Kansas City. However, he'll be off the 30-man roster after right-hander Brady Singer was activated ahead of his scheduled start Saturday. Even if Viloria returns to the major-league roster, he's unlikely to see significant playing time unless injuries occur.
Viloria (undisclosed) was activated from the injured list Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Viloria landed on the injured list earlier in the month but is good to go ahead of Friday's season opener against the Indians. He's expected to serve as the team's backup catcher for the time being with Cam Gallagher (illness) sidelined.
Manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Viloria (undisclosed) is tracking well to return from the injured list soon, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Viloria was placed on the 10-day injured list July 6 for an undisclosed reason, but it appears that he'll be able to return soon. Whether he'll be on track for the start of the regular season remains to be seen. If he's ready for Opening Day, Viloria could serve as the Royals' backup catcher with Cam Gallagher (illness) currently sidelined.
The Royals placed Viloria on the 10-day injured list Saturday due to an unspecified issue.
Viloria was one of three Royals moved to the IL, with no explanation for any of the transactions provided by the team. Salvador Perez later told reporters Saturday that his placement on the IL was the result of a positive COVID-19 test, but neither Viloria nor Matt Reynolds has shed light on the nature of his absence. With both Perez and Viloria now sidelined during summer camp, Cam Gallagher is the Royals' only available catcher on the 40-man roster.
Viloria was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
The 23-year-old was in competition for the backup catching job behind starter Salvador Perez in spring training, but he'll end up beginning the season in the minors. Viloria appeared in 42 games in 2019 and had a .211/.259/.286 slash line with one home run in 148 plate appearances.
Viloria is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.
Viloria saw the majority of the starts at catcher in September but will finish the season on the bench for the final two contests. Nick Dini will work behind the plate and bat ninth in Game 162 for the Royals.
Viloria is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Athletics.
Viloria hits the bench for the second time in three games. Nick Dini will catch Jorge Lopez.
Viloria will be on the bench to start Sunday's game against the Astros.
Viloria sits after starting each of the previous five games. He's more interesting for fantasy owners for his playing time than his talent, though, as he owns an unimpressive .223/.270/.304 slash line through 34 games this season. Nick Dini gets the nod behind the plate.
Viloria is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles.
Viloria finds himself on the bench for the second straight contest after starting seven of the previous eight games. Nick Dini will start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Royals.
Viloria is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics.
Nick Dini will garner the start behind the dish while Viloria rests for the day game after the night game. Unless he's used off the bench, Viloria will put his four-game hitting streak on hold until the Royals open a three-game set with the Orioles on Friday.
Viloria is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
He'll just be receiving a maintenance day for the series finale after handling catcher duties in each of the previous four games. Nick Dini will work in a battery with Eric Skoglund in the matinee game.
Viloria is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Orioles.
The lefty-hitting Viloria will take a seat for the second straight day with the Royals facing a southpaw (John Means) in the series opener. Viloria still appears to be the Royals' preferred catcher versus right-handed pitching, with Nick Dini occupying the shorter end of a platoon.
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