SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Mike Montgomery, who made a late run at making the Royals' pitching staff last March, was one of the first 11 players cut this year. The moves, announced on Wednesday, will be effective on Thursday, reducing the in-camp roster to 46 players. Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi, a promising right-hander, were among eight players reassigned to the Minor League camp. The others were left-handed pitchers Chris Dwyer, Brandon Sisk and Will Smith, catcher Julio Rodriguez and outfielders Wil Myers and Paulo Orlando.
The Royals also assigned two pitchers, right-hander Nate Adcock and left-hander Ryan Verdugo, to Triple-A Omaha and another lefty, Noel Arguelles, to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Montgomery appeared in two Cactus League games and gave up six runs on six hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. After his impressive spring last year, he struggled with a 5-11 record and 5.32 ERA for Omaha. "It was a struggle for him this year," manager Ned Yost said. "He didn't command the ball. We wanted to see him come in and command the ball and really compete for one of these spots and it just never developed. We want him to go back and get his innings. He's a guy that we think can help us sometime over the course of the year but that's up to his performance." Odorizzi, a product of the Zack Greinke deal with Milwaukee, made two appearances in Arizona. He gave up two runs in two innings in his first game but rebounded nicely with two scoreless innings the next time. Myers, a highly regarded outfield prospect, hit .313 (5-for-16) in nine games.