KANSAS CITY -- Whether it's at second base or shortstop, figure on Mike Aviles being in the Royals' lineup almost daily.
"He's earned the right to stay in there. He's a good defender and he's swung the bat as well as anybody has the last four or five days," manager Trey Hillman said. "If Mike keeps hitting, he'll keep playing somewhere, and we'll continue to monitor the other pieces."
Against the Indians on Tuesday night, Aviles was at second base in place of Chris Getz, who was hitting just .174 (4-for-23) since coming off the disabled list on April 30. Aviles, who joined the Royals on May 3 at Chicago, was 10-for-23, a .435 average, with two homers on the trip.
And he kept hitting in the Royals' 8-2 loss to the Indians with a double and a single in four at-bats.
Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, after going 0-for-14 in the first four games of the trip at Tampa Bay, was 6-for-19, a .316 average, in the last six games he played.
"For me right now, because of Yuni's production and his coverage and the way he's played defense, [Aviles] is a better fit at second," Hillman said.