After spending nearly a month on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson couldn’t have been more eager to return to Kauffman Stadium on Saturday.
“It’s good enough to zoom by you — I’m good,” Dyson said of his ankle. “I’m ready to rock.”
To make room for Dyson, who was recalled from a rehab assignment Friday night, the Royals optioned second baseman Chris Getz to Class AAA Omaha. Royals manager Ned Yost said the decision to send Getz down wasn’t easy, despite his .214 batting average in 47 games.
“We pondered this move for about two weeks,” Yost said. “There were three or four different options. We didn’t want to be too left-handed. Getz had options. Moose is doing better. So that was the decision.”
With struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas — who is batting .195 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 205 at-bats — seemingly out of the mix to be sent down, the choice appeared to be between Getz and outfielder David Lough, who was batting .290 in 28 games, because each have options remaining. Other likely possibilities would have required a player to be released or designated for assignment.
Getz’ demotion leaves the Royals with only one extra infielder, which did not seem to concern Yost much because of the versatility of infielder Elliot Johnson.
“He does make it easier because he can play anywhere on the infield, he can play anywhere in the outfield,” Yost said.
But Johnson, who is batting .246 in 48 games, also appears to be the favorite to get most of the starts at second, though Yost added that Johnson will share the position somewhat with veteran Miguel Tejada, who started at second base Saturday.
“He’s going to play the majority of the time there, but if I say something in stone — Elliot is gonna play second — then the first day I play Tejada, they want to know why is Elliot (is not in there),” Yost said. “I go day-to-day with it. Is Elliot going to play the majority of the time at second base? Yeah. Absolutely. But to come out and say he’s going to be playing every day, it doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Yost said Dyson can expect see steady duty but had no immediate plans to put the fleet-footed outfielder back atop the lineup, largely due to his .137 batting average in 14 games at Omaha.
Yost, however, wants to see what new hitting coaches George Brett and Pedro Grifol can do with Dyson, who was batting .268 in 18 big-league games when he suffered a high right ankle sprain in a game against the Los Angeles Angels on May 15.
“He wasn’t real productive in Triple-A, but we get him back here, get him a chance to work with George and Pedro, get him back in this environment and he’ll be fine,” Yost said.
Dyson echoed that sentiment.
“The numbers were terrible,” said Dyson, who did go five for five on stolen-base attempts in Omaha. “I’m not down there for numbers, though. I’m down there to get healthy. But, yeah, you’d like to swing the bat better.
“Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for me. But that’s not saying it’s going to carry on up here. My swing got away from me down there. I was kind of feeling for it. I was coming around the ball and getting underneath it. I just wasn’t being consistent in my swing. I just need to get in the cages and do a little work.”Gordon gets a break
Lough started in left field Saturday for Alex Gordon, who Yost chose to rest against White Sox left-hander José Quintana.
“Alex is like two for 14 off of this guy,” Yost said. “It’s a good day to give him a break. It’s going to be hot. He’s grinding. Give him a day off.”Myers mashes one
It didn’t take former Royals prospect Wil Myers long to make a splash in the big leagues.
Just six days after he was called up from Triple-A Durham, Myers made his first major-league home run a memorable one, as he hit a grand slam off Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia in the sixth inning of a 7-5 loss.
The 22-year old Myers, who was the centerpiece of the Royals’ offseason trade for ace right-hander James Shields, is currently batting .280 with one home run and six RBI in 21 big-league at-bats. Myers was hitting .286 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI in 289 at-bats at Durham before he was called up on Sunday.Military salute
In an effort to honor local veterans and military service members, Mission Foods partnered with Wounded Warrior Project to sponsor a VIP Suite Day on Saturday. In addition to suite tickets, military members and their families got to be on the field during batting practice and a Wounded Warrior Project representative was scheduled to throw out the game’s first pitch.