CHICAGO -- A couple by-products of the Royals' somewhat surprising demotion of former third baseman Alex Gordon to Triple-A Omaha were votes of confidence by the Kansas City organization for Alberto Callaspo as the starting third baseman and Chris Getz as the everyday player at the keystone. With Gordon now being converted to left field in Omaha, the question of who the odd man out will be in the infield seems to have been answered.
For Getz, the news comes at a welcome time. Though the club has considered him the starter at the keystone since Spring Training, on the field, he's struggled with injuries and lack of productivity. In 41 at-bats entering Tuesday's game, Getz was hitting .171 with no extra-base hits.
"Sounds like they are going to continue to give me an opportunity," Getz said. "But I've still got to go out there and perform. Nothing really changes in that aspect. You always feel that sense of urgency [to produce].
"It gives me confidence, because I know there is a good chance I'll be in the lineup that day."
Getz started off the season well enough, picking up five hits in Kansas City's first five games, but went on the disabled list shortly thereafter with a right oblique strain and missed 12 games. Overall, since those first five games, Getz has just two hits in 25 at-bats.
"I was in a situation earlier when I felt pretty comfortable up there, but unfortunately, I got hurt," Getz said. "Now it's just a matter of trying to get that comfort level back. The game can be pretty quick at the big league level, and I'm just trying to slow it down."
Royals manager Trey Hillman has believed in Getz as a regular second baseman since he was acquired from the White Sox last winter.
"I hope so," said Hillman, about whether having the organization commit to Getz might help him to become more productive. "I don't know why Chris would feel any pressure in the first place, other than the inherent pressure of going to a new organization. We sent pretty clear messages in Spring Training about how we wanted things to play out at second base.
"I emphasized to Chris a number of times to just relax and go be a baseball player. He's a pretty good baseball player."