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  1. The Royals finally use the disabled list again

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chris Getz, Adam Dunn

    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…

  2. 2013 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Royals Shields and Davis Baseball

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? For a while the Royals were a…

  3. Ned Yost is taking spring training very seriously

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Pete Grathoff’s article in the Kansas City Star is mostly about how the Royals are giving infielders Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella some reps in the outfield to increase their versatility, but buried within that is this little tidbit and quote from manager Ned Yost: This was going to happen earlier, but the Royals were…

  4. Chris Getz, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    chris getz turning double play

    Kansas City has avoided arbitration with Chris Getz, signing the infielder to a one-year contract. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Getz will get $1.05 million, plus $150,000 in potential incentives. He made $967,500 this year while hitting .275 with zero homers and a .672 OPS in 64 games, missing the final…

  5. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays

    Orioles 4, Blues Jays 0; Rays 4, Yankees 3:  As mentioned yesterday, this combo brings the Yankees lead over the O’s down to one game in the AL East, with the Rays only two and a half back themselves. I don’t suppose we’re so lucky to have a Yankees collapse come a year after the…

  6. Royals activate Jonathan Sanchez and Chris Getz from DL

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    Chris Getz returned from the disabled list last night and the Royals will also activate Jonathan Sanchez to make tonight’s start versus the Brewers. Sanchez has been out since May 9 with biceps tendonitis and had a 6.75 ERA in six starts before being shut down. He also gave up 10 runs in 13 innings…

  7. Yuniesky Betancourt is off the DL, batting second for Royals

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Kansas City activated Yuniesky Betancourt from the disabled list and he’s starting at second base tonight against the A’s. Not only that, he’s batting second in the lineup. Because why wouldn’t you want a swing-at-everything hitter with a .293 career on-base percentage setting the table, right? Or something. Betancourt has been out since May 1…

  8. 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,…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  10. Royals demote projected second baseman Johnny Giavotella

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    24-year-old Johnny Giavotella was expected to be the Royals’ second baseman and No. 2 hitter this season. After 44 at-bats this spring in which he hit .250/.267/.318, he’s on his way back to Triple-A. The Royals demoted the New Orleans product on Sunday, opting instead to go with Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt as their…

  11. Johnny Giavotella expects to be ready for spring training following hip surgery

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and recently had a checkup with the doctor who performed the operation, telling Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he “will definitely be 100 percent by spring training.” Giavotella has already started to “run, hit, and throw” so his focus now is on adding…

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