SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Guillermo Moscoso was dropped by the Royals on Wednesday, but his chances to make the roster probably ended last Dec. 9.
That was the day the Royals acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis in a trade with Tampa Bay.
"He threw the ball very well this spring," manager Ned Yost said. "We claimed him on waivers before our big trade with every intention of him coming in here to compete for a starting spot. But then we made the trade and that changed everything. In all fairness to him, with two or three weeks of Spring Training left, he's not going to make our team so we'll go ahead and give him an opportunity to hook on with another team before the floodgates open on the waiver wire."
The Royals asked for unconditional release waivers on the right-hander on Wednesday.
The Royals claimed Moscoso on waivers from the Rockies on Nov. 2. He had pitched for the Rangers, A's and Rockies with an 11-12 Major League record and 4.16 ERA in 57 games, including 24 starts.
Moscoso pitched four shutout innings in his first two appearances, then was tagged for five runs on four hits in last Thursday's 12-2 loss to the Mariners. His totals for three Cactus League games were five runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings. He had one loss and a 9.00 ERA.
The move reduced the Royals' 40-man roster to 39 and the camp roster to 52 players including pitcher Felipe Paulino, who is on the disabled list.
Moustakas returns as Escobar still sits
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas was back in the Royals' lineup on Wednesday while shortstop Alcides Escobar took a second day off.
Moustakas missed Tuesday's game against the Athletics because of a bruised right foot, caused by his own foul ball. Escobar remained out with a stiff back, although he underwent chiropractic treatment.
Elliot Johnson, a top candidate for a reserve spot, played shortstop for the second straight day. He led off the sixth with a triple and scored the go-ahead run in the Royals' 4-2 win over the Mariners.
Moustakas was 1-for-2 and is hitting .455 (15-for-33).
Non-roster first baseman Xavier Nady came out of the game after getting an RBI single in his only at-bat. He's fighting plantar fasciitis, a tissue inflammation of the foot.
Yost pleased with strong KC pitching vs. Seattle
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals pitchers piled up 14 strikeouts against just one walk in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over the Mariners, who managed just four hits.
"Real good pitching," manager Ned Yost said.
Starter Ervin Santana had seven strikeouts in four innings and now has a total of 13 in his nine innings so far with just one walk.
"Again on the attack, good fastball, got it up to 94 [mph], real good slider," Yost said. "Got a changeup up to the second baseman and he ended up putting a nice swing on it [for a home run]."
Santana threw 53 pitches, a bit shy of the 60 to 65 the Royals wanted, so he went to the bullpen for more tosses before calling it a day.
Dan Wheeler, a non-roster right-hander, got three strikeouts in his one inning. He hasn't been charged with a run in six innings so far. Nate Adcock had two strikeouts in the sixth but gave up one run as he issued a walk, gave up a single, balked and hit a batter.
Everett Teaford worked a perfect inning in his first action of the spring. Donnie Joseph and Aaron Crow each had a scoreless inning.
Royals bringing KC touch to Classic play
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Six Royals are providing a Kansas City accent to the World Baseball Classic's second round at Marlins Park in Miami.
First baseman Eric Hosmer singled, stole second and scored a seventh-inning run for Team USA in a 7-1 victory over Puerto Rico on Tuesday night. Second baseman Irving Falu had a single for Puerto Rico.
Infielder Miguel Tejada was a pinch-hitter for the Dominican Republic in a 5-4 comeback victory over Italy. Tejada came up in the sixth inning with the bases loaded but lined into the third out to right field.
None of the Royals pitchers -- the USA's Tim Collins and the Dominican's Kelvin Herrera and Atahualpa Severino -- got into Tuesday's games.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.