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Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:45:19 -0700
The Kansas City Royals have optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha, meaning that 2B Chris Getz will be the team's Opening Day starter at second base.
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:44:27 -0800
The Kansas City Royals are expected to take the decision on the starting second base spot between 2Bs Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella down to the wire this spring, and the loser of the competition is expected to be sent to Triple-A Omaha. Giavotella needs to prove he can hit at the major league level in order to win a job now that his defense has improved. Getz is the better defensive player, and he's been working with hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andrew David on a new batting stance. Getz's goal is to add significant pop at the plate. "Probably from an average eye," Getz said, "it is kind of a drastic change. Really, I'm just getting into a hitting position quicker than what I was doing before."
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:07:55 -0800
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost expects the battle for the starting second base job this spring between 2Bs Chris Getz (thumb) and Johnny Giavotella to be an intense one. Yost said Getz is healthy and has added some bulk in the offseason. Giavotella had a slash line of .250/.276/.330 with a home run and nine RBIs in 32 games after Getz broke his thumb in August. Giavotella's weak spot has been his defensive play.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:58:52 -0800
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said 2B Chris Getz and 2B Johnny Giavotella will compete for the starting second baseman job during spring training.
Sat, 15 Dec 2012 11:51:49 -0800
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz is expected to enter spring training as the starter at second base, with 2B Johnny Giavotella likely backing him up. Getz missed the end of the 2012 season with a broken thumb.
Sat, 18 Aug 2012 08:06:51 -0700
The Kansas City Royals have recalled 2B Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha. He likely will see the majority of the work at second base for the rest of the season.
Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:27:33 -0700
Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Friday, Aug. 10, that no decision has been made on when 2B Johnny Giavotella will be recalled. However, he has played a couple of games at third base, and he might also be tried in left field to increase his usefulness to the big club in the future.
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:22:15 -0700
The Kansas City Royals opted to recall INF Irving Falu from Triple-A Omaha Wednesday, June 20, over 2B Johnny Giavotella largely because of his versatility. "He can play multiple positions," manager Ned Yost said. "(SS Yuniesky Betancourt) is going to play the majority of time at second base. So I wanted a guy who could also play third and short."
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:41:57 -0700
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz (ribcage) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. 2B Johnny Giavotella was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
Tue, 22 May 2012 13:58:51 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said INFs Irving Falu and Johnny Giavotella will serve in a platoon at second base with 2B Chris Getz (rib cage) on the disabled list.