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Could Royals manager Ned Yost envision Gore making the 25-man?
"I can," Yost said Friday morning. "A definite possibility until [Jarrod] Dyson gets back. He's a weapon off the bench."
Dyson is recovering from a strained oblique and likely won't return until mid-April. While Paulo Orlando and Reymond Fuentes are battling for the starting job to replace Dyson, Yost and his staff are pondering Gore, Merrifield or Travis Snider as a possible fifth outfielder.
Gore's attributes are well-known. He has four career postseason stolen bases, and among Major Leaguers with fewer than six plate appearances, his eight career regular-season stolen bases are second all-time only to Herb Washington's 31.
"We all pretty much understand what Gore's strength is -- baserunning," Yost said. "You always want a guy who can come off the bench in a tie game or down by a run with a big bat. With Gore, with his legs, it's like having a big bat off the bench.
"You can pinch-run him, and he can steal second or third. He can score on any hit. He can score on any fly ball. He's a valuable guy until Dyson comes back. Him and Dyson -- Dyson is a threat off the bench. Other teams don't want to see Dyson coming off the bench or Gore coming off the bench. They can steal a base when everyone in the world knows you're going to steal a base. Very few guys can do that.
"So yes, he's still in the mix to make the Opening Day roster."
And Gore already is on the 40-man roster. Merrifield and Snider are not.
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.