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Roster cuts likely after Tuesday's split-squad games

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There are still 57 active players in the Royals' Major League camp but the first phase of full-scale cuts is at hand.

Or, as manager Ned Yost said: "It's looming."

The team might wait until after Tuesday because, in addition to a Cactus League game against the Dodgers, there's also a "B" game aganst the Rangers.

The camp opened with 60 players. The first move was an exchange on the 40-man roster as outfielder Jimmy Paredes was claimed off waivers from the Orioles and pitcher Maikel Cleto was designated for assignment and later claimed by the White Sox.

Two veteran non-roster pitchers have left. Guillermo Mota announced his retirement and Brad Penny was released.

Pitcher Luke Hochevar is still around but he's out for the season as he prepares for elbow surgery. He'll go on the disabled list at some point.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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