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Royals release righty reliever Wheeler

KANSAS CITY -- Right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler, impressive in Spring Training with the Royals before being assigned to Triple-A Omaha, has been released.

Wheeler, 35, was 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 games and 15 innings for the Storm Chasers. He gave up 15 earned runs on 28 hits and five walks.

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After pitching for Tampa Bay (twice), the New York Mets, Houston, Boston and Cleveland, Wheeler signed as a Minor League free agent with the Royals last winter. In 12 Cactus League innings, he had a 1.50 ERA with 14 strikeouts and just one walk in 12 innings.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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