Royals sign catcher Jason Kendall

Updated: July 19, 2012, 3:37 PM ET
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals signed 38-year-old catcher Jason Kendall to a minor league contract Thursday and assigned him to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.

Kendall, a three-time National League All-Star, has had two shoulder surgeries since he last played on Aug. 30, 2010, with Kansas City. He has been working out with the Royals since spring training.

Kendall, a career .288 hitter, ranks fifth all-time with 2,025 games caught.

Later Thursday, the Royals optioned ...

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