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Royals Rumblings - News for March 21, 2016

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 21, 2016

Rustin Dodd takes a look at how the roster shapes up with just two weeks to go before the season opener.

As Jarrod Dyson recovers from a strained oblique, outfielder Reymond Fuentes has emerged as a solid reserve candidate, batting .370 with two homers and two doubles in his first 10 games this spring. Travis Snider, a nonroster invitee, and speedster Terrance Gore also remain in camp.

Utility man Whit Merrifield is a candidate for a final spot, but his addition would require a corresponding 40-man roster move. Merrifield, a ninth-round pick in 2010, possesses the ability to play all three outfield spots and all four infield positions, and has drawn plaudits for his versatility. But he entered camp as a nonroster invitee and would need to be added to the 40-man roster. The Royals’ 40-man roster is currently full.

Edinson Volquez was scratched from a start over the weekend due to a "dead arm" but contends he is feeling fine.

"I’m good," Volquez said. "I’m ready to go. I’m ready to pitch any time." The Royals scratched Volquez’s scheduled start here in San Antonio after his bout with "dead arm." But manager Ned Yost said Saturday that Volquez will likely return to the mound in a minor-league game this coming week. If he remains on his regular five-day routine, he would throw Wednesday. The Royals have an off day on Monday.

"It didn’t feel like [I had] my best power before," Volquez said. "But now, I feel like I could pitch right now."

Baseball Tonight ranks Eric Hosmer as the 71st-best player in baseball.

ESPN says: Even if he hasn't blossomed into the superstar scouts initially forecast, Hosmer has developed into a more-than-adequate regular in all regards of the game. Just 26, perhaps he'll add more power and shore up his defense, two areas of possible growth. As is, he was the No. 10 first baseman (and No. 5 in the AL) in WAR in 2015. -- Tristan H. Cockroft, ESPN.com senior fantasy writer

By the numbers: Why has Hosmer won three straight Gold Gloves? He saves his teammates a lot of errors. Baseball Info Solutions awarded Hosmer 53 Good Fielding Plays for "Handling or Scooping a Difficult Throw." That was the most for any first baseman in the majors. Hosmer is the only Royals first baseman to win a Gold Glove. -- ESPN Stats & Information

Terrance Gore explains that by focusing on bunting, even with two strikes, he became a more effective player.

"When I first got here (to the Royals), I was just stubborn, so I would try and hit the ball harder," Gore said. "I didn’t have the numbers. I tried to be somebody that I wasn’t. "Vance Wilson, he stayed on me a lot. He definitely was the one who kept my ego down. He’d take me into his office and say, ‘You’re not that guy, you’re not that guy.’ " The Royals recognized it, and that’s why Gore was forced to focus on the bunt.

Lee Judge explains why the Royals are so fanatical about fundamentals.

Ryan Lefebvre says that calling the final out of the World Series was special.

The Royals are off today, which means a golf outing for manager Ned Yost.

The latest episode of Becoming Royal from the Kansas City Star features legendary scout Art Stewart.

It is easy to root for Cody Decker.

Steve Physioc welcomes a new granddaughter to the family, and she's a Royals fan.

MLB Daily Dish picks the Royals to finish second in the division.

More details have emerged about how the Adam LaRoche situation came to a head.

Teams are being fined for not fielding enough big leaguers for spring training games.

Red Sox reporters are already thinking of trade ideas to acquire Chris Sale now that he's upset in Chicago.

The Cardinals sign Ruben Tejada to fill their shortstop void with Jhonny Peralta out with injury.

Designated hitter is the highest-paid position in baseball.

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte confuses a switch hitter.

A full recounting of the greatest collapse in college basketball history.

Russell Okung negotiated his own $53 million deal with the Broncos and failed to guarantee himself any money.

The Pope is now on Instagram.

Pokemon Go Gameplay has been revealed.

Does Pee Wee Herman's new movie for Netflix come off as too creepy?

Your song of the day is The Pixies with "Dig for Fire."