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The Royals finally use the disabled list again

Aug 1, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

Chris Getz, Adam Dunn AP

But, don’t worry, it’s just for Chris Getz.

The major criticism with the Royals’ decision to buy and not sell at the trade deadline was that they did nothing to address the black hole in their lineup at second base. Now they’ll be forced to try something a little different after Getz suffered a sprained knee in a collision with Adam Dunn over the weekend. Getz was hitting just .209/.280/.281 with one homer and 14 RBI in 153 at-bats on the season.

Remarkably, it’s only the second time the Royals have used the disabled list since Opening Day. It’s truly a remarkable run of health, though it hasn’t led to a better-than-expected record at 53-51. Reserve outfielder Jarrod Dyson was the only other player to go on the DL; he missed a month with a sprained ankle in the first half. They also had pitchers Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy start off on the 60-day DL after both underwent Tommy John surgery last year.

Getz’s exit makes room for the newly acquired Justin Maxwell on the Royals’ roster, Johnny Giavotella is on the shelf in Triple-A, so he wasn’t a candidate to replace Getz right now. There wasn’t room for him anyway with the Royals carrying five outfielders. They’ll go with Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada at second base.

  1. El Bravo - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    This is the image you must always use for any of the three players herein:

  2. Tyree Studio - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Isn’t 53-51 about what most people expected for this team before the year began? .500 club that would need all the young guys to mash in order to contend.

    Mind boggling how this organization can’t quit Getz. He never should have been on the club to begin the year. Why Dayton didn’t try and upgrade second base last offseason is more of a FAIL to me than not overpaying for a 2b at the deadline: never should have got to this point.

    When 90 year old, post roid, Tejada is your best option at 2b you’ve failed as a GM.

  3. Stiller43 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    El Bravo…

    Im guessing he pronounces it “kOOntz?”
    I bet his kids/grandkids got creamed in school.

    And no pun intented there…

    • El Bravo - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      It’s pronounced Koontz…but that isn’t as funny.

  4. rbj1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Yankees: “Wait, you don’t have to use the DL every day?”

    • carpi2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      You just blew Girardi’s mind

  5. sportsdrenched - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    One of my biggest complains about Dayton is his “favorite” players. Getz, Hochevar, Kyle Davies, Frenchy. All these guys could/should have been replaced with minimal cost yet they were kept around way longer than they should have been.

  6. carpi2 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    This may be too crazy a thought, but why not plug one of the 5 outfielders into second base? What do the Royals have to lose? They certainly will get an offensive boost over what they would have with one of their conventional options. And I would have to guess, somewhere along the line, one of their outfielders played a little second base. After a few weeks, they will figure out the position.

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