Royals gather for early workouts in Surprise

Royals gather for early workouts in Surprise

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The signs of Spring Training were everywhere Sunday.

Left-hander Jason Vargas, trying to bounce back from Tommy John surgery in 2015, ran wind sprints off on a side field at the Royals' Spring Training complex.

Right fielder Jorge Soler, acquired in the offseason from the Cubs for closer Wade Davis, blasted home runs during a round of batting practice.

And manager Ned Yost, legs crossed, sat on the dugout bench at the George Brett Field observing.

Pitchers and catchers don't report until Monday, but Royals position players and pitchers have been getting early workouts in here for several days.

On a laid-back and cloudy morning in Surprise, about 25 or so Royals' big leaguers and Minor Leaguers worked out with the coaching staff. 

"Player!" shouted outfielders coach and fan favorite Rusty Kuntz as Soler hauled down a long drive at the warning track.

Meanwhile, infield coach Mike Jirschele worked with Cheslor Cuthbert, among others, at second base as the Royals got a little head start to Spring Training.

Cuthbert will be one of the interesting stories of spring. He is out of options, and with Mike Moustakas returning at third base and Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon fighting for a spot at second base, as well as Brandon Moss set to log plenty of DH at-bats, Cuthbert seemingly is a man without a position.

But all that will be sorted out in weeks to come. Spring Training is almost here.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.