Royals announce 2023 Opening Day roster

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals announced several roster moves this morning to finalize their Opening Day Roster. The Royals have selected outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Franmil Reyes and infielder Matt Duffy.

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Jake Brentz has been placed on the 60-day Injured List as he continues to recover from left elbow surgery, and outfielder Diego Hernandez has been recalled and placed on the 60-day Injured List with a dislocated right shoulder. Outfielder Drew Waters has been placed on the 10-day Injured List retroactive to March 27 with a left oblique strain, and left-handed pitcher Daniel Lynch has been placed on the 15-day Injured List retroactive to March 27 with a rotator cuff strain. Left-handed pitcher Angel Zerpa was placed on the 60-day Injured List on March 15 with left shoulder tendinopathy.

The Royals have 40 players on the Major League Reserve List.

Kansas City’s 26-man Opening Day roster includes 15 players who made the Opening Day roster in 2022, including pitchers Scott Barlow, Kris Bubic, Taylor Clarke, Dylan Coleman, Amir Garrett, Zack Greinke, Carlos Hernández, Brad Keller and Brady Singer; catcher Salvador Perez; infielders Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez and Bobby Witt Jr.; and outfielders Kyle Isbel and Edward Olivares.

Five Royals made the Opening Day roster for the first time, including pitcher Jose Cuas, catcher MJ Melendez and infielders Nate Eaton, Michael Massey and Vinnie Pasquantino.

Six players will be making their Royals debuts with their 1st appearance this season, including pitchers Aroldis Chapman, Jordan Lyles and Ryan Yarbrough, infielder Matt Duffy and outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Franmil Reyes.

Zack Greinke made the Opening Day roster for the 17th time in his career and is making his 7th career Opening Day start today. This marks his 6th Opening Day start in the last eight seasons, which matches Max Scherzer, Aaron Nola and Madison Bumgarner for the most Opening Day starts by a pitcher in the Majors since 2016.

Salvador Perez is making his 9th career Opening Day start at catcher, most in franchise history at that position. His 9 career Opening Day starts (at any position) are tied with Mike Sweeney for the 7th most in franchise history.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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