SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada will be the Royals' backup infielders when the season opens Monday at Chicago.
That was confirmed when infielder Irving Falu was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after Wednesday's first split-squad game.
The candidates for the final bullpen spot were also pared down when left-handers Francisley Bueno and Atahualpa Severino were cut. Bueno was optioned to Omaha and Severino was reassigned to Minor League camp.
Johnson has the ability to play every infield and outfield position. He was obtained as the player to be named in the offseason deal with Tampa Bay that brought starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
Tejada, the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2002 with Oakland, can play all four infield positions. At 38, he'll be the oldest player on the roster and the most experienced with more than 15 years of service time.
Jarrod Dyson will be the fourth outfielder. Still to be decided is the backup catcher, either Brett Hayes or George Kottaras.
Still in competition for the bullpen are Louis Coleman, J.C. Gutierrez and Dan Wheeler.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less