Surprise, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals released veteran infielder Rafael Furcal on Tuesday.

Furcal signed a minor league deal with the club on March 16.

The 37-year-old appeared in just nine games for the Marlins last year. He missed all of the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Furcal, a three-time All-Star, hit .264 with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, his last full season in the majors.