KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Gregor Blanco has cleared waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha, the Royals announced on Wednesday.

Blanco lost the fifth outfield job to rookie Jarrod Dyson, and because he was out of options had to go through waivers before he was sent to the Minors.

In Spring Training, Blanco hit .233 in 17 games. Last season with the Royals, he had a .274 average in 49 games after being obtained in a trade with the Braves.

Catcher Lucas May, also out of options, was designated for assignment. He was bumped off the Opening Day roster when the Royals acquired catcher Matt Treanor from the Rangers.

The Royals also formally added pitcher Tim Collins to the 25-man Opening Day roster. He had made the club earlier, but he was not officially moved onto the roster until after Wednesday afternoon's workout at Kauffman Stadium.

Catcher Jason Kendall, recovering from shoulder surgery, was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22 and is expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment in the Minors soon.

The Royals have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

George Brett Bridge to be open for opener

KANSAS CITY -- George Brett got a jump on Opening Day, participating in the rededication of the George Brett Bridge on Wednesday at I-70 and Blue Ridge Cut-off adjacent to Kauffman Stadium.

Like Brett, the rebuilt bridge came through in the clutch and will be open for Thursday's 3:10 p.m. CT opener against the Los Angeles Angels. The bridge was demolished on Jan. 16 as part of a highway construction project.

Although the bridge will be open with limited exit ramp access, the Royals are cautioning fans that it's still a construction zone, and heavy traffic backups are expected because of the sellout crowd.

For information on recommended traffic routes, go to www.royals.com/parking.