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May 21, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (21) at bat during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

A day after not being tendered a contract by the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, reliever Richard Lovelady is back in the fold, having signed a minor league contract with the club.

Also signed to a minor league contract Wednesday was outfielder JaCoby Jones, a veteran of 352 games with the Detroit Tigers from 2016-21.

The moves involving Lovelady, 26, allow the Royals to remove him from the 40-man roster but keep him in the system while he rehabs from Tommy John surgery in late September. The left-hander is likely to miss all or most of the 2022 season. He posted a 3.48 ERA with a .211 opponent batting average, 23 strikeouts and six walks over 20.2 innings in 2021, his best season as a major leaguer. In 46 career appearances with the Royals, Lovelady has a 5.62 ERA.

Jones, 29, has spent most of the last six seasons bouncing between Triple-A Toledo, where he batted .230 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 73 games (269 at-bats) in 2021, and Detroit. He also had 100 at-bats with the Tigers, batting .170 with 42 strikeouts. The right-handed hitter has a .212 average, 32 homers and 98 RBIs in 1,093 career major league at-bats.