Royals option Mondesi, Cruz to minors

The Kansas City Royals, prior to Friday night’s exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, optioned catcher Tony Cruz to Class AAA Omaha and infielder Raul Mondesi to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.

Both players will be available to play in the two exhibition games (Friday and Saturday) this weekend at Chase Field.

Following the moves, the Royals have 31 players in Major League camp, in addition to left-handers Jason Vargas and Mike Minor, both on the 60 day disabled list.