Camp hasn’t even started, officially, and already the Royals’ low-risk gamble of signing former All-Star reliever George Sherrill shows signs of paying off.
Sherrill threw free and easy Friday in a conditioning workout at the club’s facility and could be ready to return to active duty as soon as late April. That would be less than a year after Tommy John surgery on his left elbow put his career in jeopardy.

The Royals signed Sherrill, who turns 36 in April, to a minor-league deal on Dec. 7. He is a nine-year veteran who was an All-Star in 2008 while saving 31 games for Baltimore.

Seattle signed Sherill as a free agent prior to last season but he made just two appearances before suffering an elbow injury. He is 19-17 with 56 saves and a 3.77 ERA in 442 career games with four clubs.