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Chris Getz aggravates rib injury, goes on disabled list

May 22, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

chris getz turning double play

Chris Getz aggravated his rib cage injury yesterday, so the Royals have placed the second baseman on the disabled list while calling up left-hander Will Smith from Triple-A to fill a long relief role.

Getz’s injury seemingly opens the door for the Royals to actually give 24-year-old prospect Johnny Giavotella regular action at second base, but then again they’ve turned down other chances to do that and manager Ned Yost might again decide 28-year-old career minor leaguer Irving Falu is somehow more deserving of the starts.

Smith was acquired from the Angels for Alberto Callaspo and Sean O’Sullivan in 2010 and the 22-year-old had a 4.01 ERA and 37/13 K/BB ratio in 52 innings as a starter at Triple-A. He may eventually get jiggy with it in the rotation if a spot starter is needed (also: sorry).

UPDATE: Yup, sure enough Falu is starting at second base tonight. Sigh.

  1. randall351 - May 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Doesn’t Betancourt come off the DL soon?

    If so then I’m sure Ned will do the even worse option of starting Betancourt than either Giavotella or Falu.

    • - May 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Yes, and I agree with your fears. But I’m not convinced it’s entirely Ned’s fault. For some reason, GMDM is IN LOVE with Betancourt and it defies all baseball logic.

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