Yost believes Royals ready for Classic

SURPRISE -- Seven Royals players are scheduled to leave camp Sunday to report to their World Baseball Classic teams, and manager Ned Yost believes they will be well-prepared.

The departing players include four pitchers -- Tim Collins (USA), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and Kelvin Herrera and Atahualpa Severino (Dominican Republic) -- as well as catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela) and infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican).

"Collins will have three outings by the time he leaves," Yost said. "Mendoza will pitch Sunday, three more innings, to prepare him. Severino and Herrera will have three outings. Sal, Tejada and Falu will have numerous innings and at-bats under their belts, so they're going to be ready to go."

In addition, Minor League outfielder Paulo Orlando is on the Brazil roster.