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KANSAS CITY -- The entire delegation from Double-A Northwest Arkansas has now settled into the Royals' crowded clubhouse.

Pitchers Aaron Crow and Liam Hendriks, infielder Christian Colon and outfielder Terrance Gore reported for Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.

September callups already in the house from the Naturals were pitcher Brandon Finnegan and outfielder Lane Adams. Along with the recruits from Omaha -- pitcher Casey Coleman, catcher Francisco Pena, inflelder Johnny Giavotella amd outfielder Carlos Peguero. Oh, and first baseman Eric Hosmer, back from rehabbing at Omaha.

So that makes 36 players packed into the clubhouse with temporary lockers being erected here and there.

In addition, Northwest Arkansas manager Vance Wilson, a former Major League catcher, has been brought in as an extra coach.

Some of the newcomers have made a fast jump to the big leagues. Finnegan was just drafted last June and Gore started the season in Class A.

"They're here because they can do something really good," manager Ned Yost said.

Gore has great speed and will join Adams as possible pinch-runners in the late innings. Finnegan is a strike thrower with good stuff.

"How we're going to use Finnegan right now is in mid- to low-leverage situations. See how he does, then hopefully bump him up to more mid-level instances," Yost said.

Yost indicated that Finnegan might be used as a lefty specialist later on.

Crow, Colon and Hendriks had brief stays at Northwest Arkansas, made to accommodate roster moves. Colon moved right into third base on Tuesday night, giving Mike Moustakas a night off.

Crow gave the Royals depth with the big three backend relievers -- Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland -- due for a rest. Hendriks, who excelled in a recent spot start, figures as a middle reliever.

"I'm not afraid to use Hendriks after what I saw the other day," Yost said. "His stuff is good and he throws strikes and I think he can get us through an inning or two."

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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