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Eeliever Steve Rain Cut by Royals

February 21, 2001

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals warned Steve Rain about being late for workouts.

So when the reliever showed up tardy Tuesday, the Royals wasted no time _ they released him.

Manager Tony Muser said Rain was about two hours late for spring training drills and did not call to let the club know his whereabouts.

Muser said he and general manager Allard Baird met with Rain on the first day of camp to ``tell him what we expect″ and stressed the importance being prompt.

``We knew his history in the past, his problem of not being on time,″ Muser said. ``We’ve got to move on. He’s got a great arm, but I don’t have the time to waste for another meeting with him.

``I wish him well, but if you can’t show up on time, then you’re no longer here,″ he said.

Rain, a right-hander, was 3-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 37 games for the Chicago Cubs in the last two years. He had ankle surgery in November.

The Royals signed Rain to a minor league contract. He was a non-roster invite to camp.

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