The official countdown to spring training began Monday as the Royals unveiled a 33-game exhibition schedule and a collection of important dates.
The club announced that pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 13 before conducting their first workout the following day. The rest of the roster will report on Feb. 18 before full-squad activities begin on Feb. 19.
The Royals’ roster could look markedly different in February as the team continues an offseason of transition and uncertainty. Yet one thing is clear: Major League camp will start earlier and end sooner as baseball pushes up the start of the season in an effort to add more days off to the regular-season calendar.
The Royals will break camp on March 25 before heading to Omaha for an exhibition game against the Class AAA Storm Chasers on March 26. The regular season begins Thursday, March 29 against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
Before that, the club will open the spring schedule on Feb. 24 at Surprise Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cactus League schedule features 32 games before the final exhibition in Omaha. Unlike previous seasons, the Royals will not play any exhibitions in a major-league park before the season begins.
2018 Royals spring schedule