SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jason Bourgeois played the last two innings at second base for the Royals on Saturday. But he had no fielding chances.
"I got to see him stand out there," manager Ned Yost said wryly. "But he looked good standing."
Bourgeois, obtained from the Astros in a trade, has the ability to play second base and has done so in practice.
"He looks fine out there," Yost said. "He's a little long in turning two, but he's an outfielder, and his hands work and his feet work, so he can be a serviceable utility guy in that fashion."
The Royals have two backup outfielders in Bourgeois and Mitch Maier but just one backup infielder in Yuniesky Betancourt, so Bourgeois' versatility could be an asset. Bourgeois has also played third base.