BALTIMORE -- Chris Getz is a survivor. Now, once again, he stands alone as the Royals' starting second baseman. That came about when Yuniesky Betancourt was designated for assignment last Sunday.
"Obviously, I'm looking forward to being in there more often to continue to help the team win. I think anybody you ask would rather be in there on a consistent basis, rather than just two games here, two games off, to stay in the rhythm of the game," Getz said.
Getz and Betancourt had been sharing second base most of the season after surviving competition from Johnny Giavotella in Spring Training. Last year, Giavotella took over the job late in the season from Getz.
Giavotella still is often projected as the Royals' second baseman of the future and is hitting .327 with 10 homers and 65 RBIs in 82 games for Triple-A Omaha while still working to improve his defense, which is the strong point of Getz's game.
"At this point last year, we were talking about the same thing," Getz said. "It just shows how things change. ... You just continue to do what you do and whatever is going to happen is going to happen. Things will work out -- in your favor or not in your favor -- but things will work out."
Getz is hitting .275 this season for the Royals and already has more extra-base hits (12) in 57 games than he had last year (nine) in 118 games.
"He's done a nice job for us, a real nice job," manager Ned Yost said.
Meanwhile, Yost plans to mix in newly-recalled Tony Abreu at second base, as well as third and short. No decision has been made on if or when Giavotella might be recalled, according to general manager Dayton Moore.
"He's swinging the ball very well. We've got him playing multiple positions at this time, but we feel like he's going to be a very solid defender at second base. The bat is his carrying tool but he's doing well," Moore said of Giavotella.
Giavotella has also played a couple games at third base and might be tried in left field.