Royals release veteran infielder Rafael Furcal

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have released three-time All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal, two weeks after he signed a minor league deal.

Furcal didn't appear in a Cactus League game as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in winter ball. Tuesday's move doesn't affect the Royals' big league roster as Furcal was not invited to camp.

The 37-year-old Furcal played nine games last year with Miami after missing all of the 2013 season following elbow reconstruction surgery.

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