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Here is your 2018 Royals Opening Day roster

25 players. Baseball players.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The day is here. It is finally OPENING DAY!!!!!

The Royals finally revealed their regular season roster this morning, right at the deadline, because your 25-man roster is practically a state secret. The Royals will be without All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, who injured his knee while carrying his luggage. I wish I were making that up. Drew Butera takes over as the Opening Day starter, with Cam Gallagher up from the farm to be his understudy.

The Royals will carry just 12 position players due to their positional flexibility on the roster. Reserve infielder Ryan Goins is capable of playing both middle infield positions and Cheslor Cuthbert can play both corner infield positions. The Royals have three outfielders capable of playing center - Jon Jay, Alex Gordon, and Paulo Orlando. And Whit Merrifield can play pretty much anywhere as needed.

This means the Royals can carry 13 pitchers. Eric Skoglund is the surprise addition to the rotation while Nate Karns will go to the disabled list.

Wily Peralta was designated for assignmment along with Kyle Zimmer. Peralta signed a $1.5 million deal this winter but struggled in spring training.

Catchers (2): Drew Butera, Cam Gallagher

Infielders (6): Cheslor Cuthbert, Lucas Duda, Alcides Escobar, Ryan Goins, Whit Merrifield, Mike Moustakas

Outfielders (4): Alex Gordon, Jon Jay, Paulo Orlando, Jorge Soler

Starting Pitchers (5): Danny Duffy, Jason Hammel, Jakob Junis, Ian Kennedy, Eric Skoglund

Relief Pitchers (8): Blaine Boyer, Brian Flynn, Justin Grimm, Kelvin Herrera, Tim Hill, Brad Keller, Brandon Maurer, Burch Smith

Disabled List: Jesse Hahn, Nate Karns, Salvador Perez

Suspended: Jorge Bonifacio

2018 Royals Opening Day roster

Number Player Position B/T Age 2017 Club
Number Player Position B/T Age 2017 Club
38 Bonifacio, Jorge (Suspended) OF R/R 24 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY
54 Boyer, Blaine P R/R 36 Pawtucket (AAA)/BOSTON
9 Butera, Drew C R/R 34 KANSAS CITY
19 Cuthbert, Cheslor 3B R/R 25 KANSAS CITY
21 Duda, Lucas 1B L/R 32 NY METS/TAMPA BAY
41 Duffy, Danny P L/L 29 KANSAS CITY
2 Escobar, Alcides SS R/R 31 KANSAS CITY
33 Flynn, Brian P L/L 27 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY
36 Gallagher, Cameron C R/R 25 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY
1 Goins, Ryan P L/R 30 TORONTO
4 Gordon, Alex OF L/R 34 KANSAS CITY
52 Grimm, Justin P R/R 29 CHICAGO CUBS
32 Hahn, Jesse (DL) P R/R 28 Nashville (AAA)/OAKLAND
39 Hammel, Jason P R/R 35 KANSAS CITY
40 Herrera, Kelvin P R/R 28 KANSAS CITY
51 Hill, Tim P L/L 28 Wilmington (High A)/NW Arkansas (AA)
25 Jay, Jon OF L/L 33 CHICACO CUBS
65 Junis, Jakob P R/R 25 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY
55 Karns, Nate (DL) P R/R 30 KANSAS CITY
56 Keller, Brad P R/R 22 Jackson (AA)
31 Kennedy, Ian P R/R 33 KANSAS CITY
37 Maurer, Brandon P R/R 27 SAN DIEGO/KANSAS CITY
15 Merrifield, Whit 2B R/R 29 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY
8 Moustakas, Mike 3B L/R 29 KANSAS CITY
16 Orlando, Paulo OF R/R 32 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY
13 Perez, Salvador (DL) C R/R 27 KANSAS CITY
53 Skoglund, Eric P L/L 25 NW Ark (AA)/Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY
64 Smith, Burch P R/R 27 Charlotte (High A)/Durham (AAA)
12 Soler, Jorge OF R/R 26 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY