And Strahm will head straight to the bullpen, where he was lights-out as a rookie in 2016.
Strahm, who posted a 1.23 ERA in 21 outings last August and September, likely will team with Joakim Soria as the primary setup men for closer Kelvin Herrera.
And Strahm is just fine with that.
"It didn't really change anything for me," said Strahm, the Royals' No. 3 prospect. "I knew coming into Spring Training it was going to be one or the other. But now coming into camp, I know for sure and I know what I need to work on."
Instead of being stretched out to 70 or 80 pitches in camp, Strahm likely will be maxed out at 40-50 pitches.
"I don't care when I pitch, I just want to pitch," Strahm said, smiling. "I'll do whatever they want."