The Royals designated infielder Lance Zawadzki for assignment and made room for Melky Cabrera on their 40-man roster, the team announced. The Royals had claimed Zawadzki from the Padres in November.
The 25-year-old appeared in 20 games for the Padres in May and June. He spent most of the season in the upper minors, where he played second, third and short and batted .225/.291/.316. The Padres selected Zawadzki in the fourth round of the 2007 draft.