Getz scheduled to return to lineup

Getz scheduled to return to lineup

ST. PETERSBURG -- Second baseman Chris Getz is scheduled to rejoin the Royals in time for Friday night's game against Tampa Bay. So a decision on whether to remove a pitcher or a position player from the roster will have to be made.

With the bullpen getting a rigorous workout lately, manager Trey Hillman likes having eight pitchers available to work relief.

"We've kind of got to go day-to-day right now and see what's going on with our bullpen," he said. "We're playing the hottest team in the Major Leagues in this series, a four-game set, so let's see where we sit. I don't want to blow anybody up."

He'd also like to get Getz, who has been rehabbing his right oblique strain with Triple-A Omaha, back in the lineup immediately. Hillman doesn't like to use a player on a day he travels, but he might make an exception for Getz.

"I might break my rules, depending on what time he gets here," Hillman said. "If we were 13-8 instead of 8-13, I probably wouldn't. But especially on this AstroTurf, I'd like to get a little more range and potentially a little bit more speed on the bases."

If a position player is moved, it could mean outfielder Rick Ankiel going on the disabled list, with his quad injury, or third baseman Alex Gordon being sent to Omaha, while Alberto Callaspo takes over third.

Hillman said before Thursday night's game that no decision had been made.