Royals undecided on final bullpen spots

Final roster decisions will likely go down to wire Thursday morning

March 29th, 2018

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals still have not set their Opening Day roster and likely will take the final decisions down to the wire before Thursday's 10:30 a.m. CT deadline.

After the news of catcher 's MCL tear in his left knee, Royals manager Ned Yost said Cam Gallagher likely would be called up to be 's backup at catcher.

• Salvy out 4-6 weeks with MCL tear

Yost also said the Royals still haven't decided on the final bullpen spots, where it would appear left-handers , , and  and right-handers and Rule 5 acqusition are competing for three open spots.

Those seemingly locked into bullpen roster spots are , , , and .

The Royals also need to clear two open spots on the 40-man roster for infielder and Boyer, both of whom were non-roster invitees to Spring Training.

Yost also wasn't ready to reveal his 3-4-5 starters. Those had been , Nate Karns and Jakob Junis during Spring Training.

"You'll find out [Thursday]," Yost said.

Yost did reveal his starting batting order for Thursday's 3:15 p.m. CT game against the White Sox:

1. , LF

2. Whit Merrifield, 2B

3. Mike Moustakas, 3B

4. , 1B

5. , DH

6. , RF

7. , CF

8. , SS

9. Drew Butera, C