J.C. Gutierrez makes Royals bullpen
Gutierrez had elbow ligament-replacement surgery in September 2011 and pitched only 20 2/3 innings last year in the minors. He had 24 saves for Arizona in 2009-10.
Wheeler, who has spent nine years in the majors with Tampa Bay, the Mets, Houston, Boston and Cleveland, and Ramirez will open the season with Omaha in the Pacific Coast League.
Kansas City also assigned first baseman Max Ramirez to minor league camp.
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