Betemit primed to fill Callaspo's spot at third

Betemit primed to fill Callaspo's spot at third

KANSAS CITY -- Wilson Betemit is ready to assume the role of starting third baseman.

With Alberto Callaspo gone to the Angels in a trade, the Royals have Betemit at third.

"It feels good," Betemit said. "When you know that you're going to be in the lineup every day, you prepare more because you know you're going to be in there. But I want to just come in and do the same thing I was doing."

Since being called up from Triple-A Omaha on May 25, Betemit has been a pleasant surprise for the Royals' offense. In 83 at-bats, Betemit is hitting .349 with four homers and 12 RBIs.

The key for Betemit has been to keep his approach simple at the plate.

"I just wanted to go up there and have quality at-bats," Betemit said. "I didn't want to just go up there and swing. I want to go up there, get a good a good pitch to hit and have a good at-bat."

Manager Ned Yost is pleased with Betemit's play at third.

"He's been fine, he's done a nice job," Yost said. "My plan right now is to try to play him five days a week, but he's been playing OK down there and it's hard to find him a day off."

Yost was asked what he considered Betemit's best defensive position.

"I think probably his best defensive position is first base, but he's capable of playing left, third, second, third and he came up as a shortstop," Yost said. "He can play a lot of positions very well."