Look for Chris Getz’s wife, Nicky, when CBS premieres this season’s edition of “The Amazing Race” on Sept. 29 — after the Royals close the regular season earlier that day in Chicago.
Nicky Getz teamed with Kim DeJesus, the wife of former Royals outfielder David DeJesus, in the popular series, which pits 11 two-person teams in a sprint around the world for a $1 million prize.
“They’ve already filmed it,” Chris Getz said. “She was gone all of June. They went all over the world. They had a blast, but I can’t reveal anything.”
Getz said his wife had turned down previous opportunities to do the show before agreeing to team with DeJesus, whose husband now plays for Tampa Bay.
“They kept on asking every season,” Getz said, “and, finally, in the spring, I remember her coming back home one day. Kim was over. They told me they’re ‘going to do it.’ I was like, ‘Do what?’
“So they did it.”
“The Amazing Race,” whose host is Phil Keoghan, consists of a 25-day trek around the globe. For those unfamiliar with the show, its promotional material provides these details:
“At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location.
“Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.”
Getz said: “I encouraged it, because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. She didn’t know how it was going to go. She’s watched the show, obviously, but it was a great experience. Her and Kim got along great.”
Third baseman Mike Moustakas returned to the lineup Friday after missing all three games at Minnesota because of strep throat.
“I’m feeling much better,” he said. “Ready to go.”
Moustakas went two for four in his return, which boosted his average to .244. He is batting .321 since the All-Star break.
The enforced absence also aided in Moustakas’ recovery from a sore left calf muscle, which surfaced while running the bases in an Aug. 12 victory over Miami.
“It gave it more time to rest,” he said. “This is the best I’ve felt in a while.”
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, out since Aug. 9 because of a strained left oblique, is expected to ramp up on-field activities next week when the Royals play a seven-game home stand against Seattle and Detroit.
A birthday whack
Getz was hit in the head by a thrown ball when diving back into second base on Jarrod Dyson’s single in the ninth. Getz had entered the game as a pinch-runner for Moustakas, who led off with a single.
Heck of a way to mark your 30th birthday.
Getz went hard around second after Dyson’s one-out grounder up the middle before scrambling back. The throw from center fielder Anthony Gose struck Getz, who remained on the ground for a moment.
“It’s the front of the head,” he said. “That’s supposed to be better. So far, so good. I have something to compare it to, at least.”
Getz suffered a season-ending concussion on Sept. 12, 2010, when hit in the head while stealing second base in Chicago. The effects lingered deep in to the offseason.
Fox Sports Kansas City won’t carry Saturday’s game, which begins at 12:07 p.m. Central time, but those with access to MLB TV can catch the Toronto broadcast via SportsNet.
The Royals will be back on Fox Sports Kansas City for Sunday’s finale, which also starts at 12:07 p.m. Central time.
High Class A Wilmington was officially eliminated Thursday from possible postseason play in the Carolina League.
That clears the way for right-handers Louis Coleman and Wade Davis to rejoin the big-league roster Tuesday — one day after Wilmington concludes its regular season.
The Royals optioned both pitchers to Wilmington on Wednesday in hopes of a quick return. Optioned players generally must remain 10 days in the minors, but one exception permits their recall the day after their club’s season ends.
Wilmington left-hander Sam Selman placed No. 2 on Baseball America’s final Prospect Hot Sheet, released Friday, after working 13 scoreless innings in his last two starts.
The acclaim puts a nice finish on an inconsistent season for Selman, a 22-year-old selected from Vanderbilt in the second round of the 2012 draft. He finished 11-9 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 starts but walked 88 in 1251/3 innings.
Selman closed strong, though.
He had a no-hitter through eight innings last Saturday at Potomac before exiting because of a pitch-count limitation, and then worked five shutout innings while allowing two hits Thursday in a victory over Myrtle Beach.
Selman struck out 13 and walked three over 13 innings in his final two starts.
The Hot Sheet is a weekly ranking of the game’s hottest prospects.
It was 24 years ago Saturday — Aug. 31, 1989 — that Bret Saberhagen became the first Royals pitcher to win seven games in a calendar month.
Saberhagen pitched eight innings before Jeff Montgomery closed out a 3-0 victory over Detroit at then-Royals Stadium. Saberhagen improved to 17-5; he would finish 23-6 and win his second Cy Young Award in four years.
Saberhagen remains the only Royals’ pitcher to record seven victories in a calendar month.