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'Great Balbino' gets invite to Royals camp

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals on Friday extended a Spring Training invite to first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor, dubbed "The Great Balbino."

Fuenmayor, the Royals' Double-A Player of the Year in 2015, suffered a season-ending ACL injury in late July while with Triple-A Omaha. But Fuenmayor said he completed his 29-week rehab earlier this week and got the news of his invite Friday morning.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals on Friday extended a Spring Training invite to first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor, dubbed "The Great Balbino."

Fuenmayor, the Royals' Double-A Player of the Year in 2015, suffered a season-ending ACL injury in late July while with Triple-A Omaha. But Fuenmayor said he completed his 29-week rehab earlier this week and got the news of his invite Friday morning.

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"It feels great," Fuenmayor said. "I'm so happy. I'm 100 percent. I want to have a great camp."

Fuenmayor was originally with the Blue Jays' organization but never rose about Class A before fading out of baseball. The 26-year-old's comeback came in 2014 in the Can-Am Independent league, and the Royals signed him that fall.

Last season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Fuenmayor hit .354 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs. In 16 games at Omaha, he hit .377 with two homers and 15 RBIs before the injury.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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