KANSAS CITY -- The Royals got a boost Tuesday when second baseman Chris Getz was activated from the disabled list ahead of the series-opener with the Milwaukee Brewers.
To make room for Getz, the Royals optioned second baseman Johnny Giavotella back to Triple-A Omaha. Giavotella hit .217 over 21 games.
Getz was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 22 with a left ribcage contusion. After being activated Tuesday, he was in the Royals' starting lineup, playing second base and batting second.
"I feel healthy, ready to go, ready to help the team," Getz said. "Just to get back into a big league ballgame, really. There's nothing like it. I'm looking forward because I know it's going to be fun."
Getz hit .421 (8-for-19) in five rehab games with Omaha. Manager Ned Yost said Getz's return provides the Royals with several positives and solidifies the platoon at second base with Yuniesky Betancourt.
"It improves our defense a little bit. He's a guy that's a bit of a table-setter for us. He's been swinging the bat really well, very solid defender at second base," Yost said. "It gives us the opportunity of having [Betancourt]'s bat on the bench if we need it and used in a platoon situation. With the combination of both those guys, we feel like we're covered all the way around on the infield."