Royals issue 11 non-roster invites to 2004 spring training

Updated: November 6, 2003, 8:15 PM ET

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pitchers Dennys Reyes and Mike Venafro were among 11 non-roster players invited by the Kansas City Royals to spring training next season.

Infielders Gookie Dawkins and Brent Abernathy were both on the Royals' expanded fall roster Thursday, and outfielder Brandon Berger started on opening day before being sent down to Triple-A Omaha.

Zack Greinke was the Royals' minor league pitcher of the year in 2003. Reyes pitched for both Pittsburgh and Arizona this season and Venafro appeared in 24 games for Tampa Bay.

The pitchers will report on Feb. 20. The others will report Feb. 25.

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