KANSAS CITY -- Tony Abreu, called up to the Royals on Aug. 6, made his Kauffman Stadium debut in Friday night's series opener against the White Sox.
After not playing in a Major League game since October 2010, Abreu started three straight games in his first three days back in the big leagues against the White Sox from Aug. 6-8. He went 3-for-10 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
But he hadn't appeared in a game since.
That changed Friday when he started at third base, again with the White Sox in the opposing dugout.
Are there challenges to not getting into a game for more than a week then jumping back into things? Abreu's fellow infielder and one-time bench player Chris Getz thinks so.
"There's always a challenge in that," Getz said. "That's the tough part if you're going to be a bench guy is to stay sharp. You have to find a way to stay sharp, whether that's extra hitting. Just your routine so you mentally feel like you've got the same confidence when you're not playing versus playing.
"It's definitely tough, but he's a talented player. I've played against him since he was in Double-A, and I saw him a lot in Spring Training and down in Triple-A when I was rehabbing. He's a really good baseball player."