KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals have made two roster moves upon the arrival of the newly acquired Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist.
The Royals have traded pitcher Joe Blanton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. In addition, serviceable outfielder Paulo Orlando has again been sent back to Omaha.
Cueto is expected to make his first start for the Royals on Friday in Toronto. Zobrist is expected to provide rest for infielders Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas, as well as play in left field as he’s a multi-position player.