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Royals’ Chris Getz suffers broken thumb, out for season

Aug 17, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

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The Royals had Chris Getz replace Alex Gordon in the leadoff spot Friday against the White Sox, but it proved to be a one-day experiment. Getz suffered a broken left thumb bunting in the fifth inning and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Getz was 0-for-3 in the game, leaving him at .275/.312/.360 in 189 at-bats for the year. He usually doesn’t start against lefties, but the Royals had him in there tonight because he was 6-for-11 lifetime against White Sox starter Chris Sale.

With Getz out, the Royals figure to turn second base over to Johnny Giavotella, who is hitting .323/.404/.472 for Triple-A Omaha. As much as it has to suck for Getz, the injury might benefit the Royals for the long haul: they need to let Giavotella play every day and see if he’s going to be their long-term answer at second base. He’ll get that opportunity now, and the Royals can determine this winter whether to go forward with him as a regular.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    A staggering blow to their playoff chances**

    **Get it? It’s a two fold joke….the Royals are terrible, and they just installed a guy with a .317 OBP as their leadoff hitter….

    • rooney24 - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Get it? What, that you are not a comedian? Got it.

  2. dwrek5 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Free Giavotella!

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