KANSAS CITY -- The Royals continued shuffling their 25-man roster before the start of Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers as they called up infielder Wilson Betemit and optioned right-handed reliever Bryan Bullington to Triple-A Omaha.
With Interleague Play just around the corner, Royals manager Ned Yost said he wanted Betemit's skills at his fingertips.
"The determining factor was, if I look at my lineup in these National League parks, if I need to double switch in the bottom half of our order in time for the pitcher not to hit, Betemit can play third, short, second, first and left field," Yost said. "So it gives us more options and strength in those situation. He was a perfect fit for this time."
Betemit said he doesn't care where his new manager puts him -- he just wants to help the team win.
"That's what I do," he said. "When I come into the big leagues, I can play all the infield, and the outfield, too. Whenever I get the chance to play, I'm going to go out and play hard."
In 29 games for Omaha this season, Betemit is batting .265 with two homers and 17 RBIs. In 113 at-bats, Betemit has 23 strikeouts with 17 walks.
"I'm happy to be here and be part of the team," Betemit said. "Things have been going good in Omaha, but I'm ready to be a part of this team."
The 28-year-old switch-hitter carries a career batting average of .258 in 1,275 career at-bats through seven seasons in the Major Leagues.
Bullington was 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in three appearances for the Royals since being called up on May 17. In three innings pitched, Bullington gave up four earned runs on seven hits with five walks. In his last appearance Sunday against the Rockies, he pitched two innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs, including a home run to Troy Tulowitzki.
With this roster move, the Royals now carry 13 position players with 12 pitchers.
-- Samuel Zuba