ST. PETERSBURG -- Second baseman Chris Getz is scheduled to rejoin the Royals in time for Friday night's game against Tampa Bay. So a decision on whether to remove a pitcher or a position player from the roster will have to be made.
With the bullpen getting a rigorous workout lately, manager Trey Hillman likes having eight pitchers available to work relief.
"We've kind of got to go day-to-day right now and see what's going on with our bullpen," he said. "We're playing the hottest team in the Major Leagues in this series, a four-game set, so let's see where we sit. I don't want to blow anybody up."
He'd also like to get Getz, who has been rehabbing his right oblique strain with Triple-A Omaha, back in the lineup immediately. Hillman doesn't like to use a player on a day he travels, but he might make an exception for Getz.
"I might break my rules, depending on what time he gets here," Hillman said. "If we were 13-8 instead of 8-13, I probably wouldn't. But especially on this AstroTurf, I'd like to get a little more range and potentially a little bit more speed on the bases."
If a position player is moved, it could mean outfielder Rick Ankiel going on the disabled list, with his quad injury, or third baseman Alex Gordon being sent to Omaha, while Alberto Callaspo takes over third.
Hillman said before Thursday night's game that no decision had been made.
Guillen makes first outfield start of 2010
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Guillen came into the Royals' dugout for the pregame stretch with an old friend: his glove.
Guillen made his first start of the season in the outfield on Thursday night against the Rays. David DeJesus got a break, taking over Guillen's designated-hitter role.
"Jose's legs are fresh in comparison to the other guys," manager Trey Hillman said. "He's had 21 games DHing, so we're going to get him out there."
Mitch Maier was in center field again with Rick Ankiel out of the lineup for the fifth straight game with a strained right quad. Hillman said that Ankiel did some running at Tropicana Field, but that he's not improving as fast as the Royals hoped.
"Being on this turf, I'm going to be careful," Hillman said. "He's available to pinch-hit, but not ready to go full speed in the outfield or on the base paths."
Left fielder Scott Podsednik will probably get a break later in this series, and Willie Bloomquist is likely to be in the outfield for the third game against left-hander David Price.
Fans can nominate military vets for tribute
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Royals are taking fans' nominations of military veterans for the honor of being in the club's Armed Forces Day tribute on May 15. It's being presented by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.
Veterans will be selected by the club to take the field at Kauffman Stadium and be honored for dedicated service to the country. Each honoree will also receive two tickets to that Saturday's 6:10 p.m. CT game against the White Sox.
Nomination forms are available at the World War I Museum or by visiting www.royals.com/armedforcesday.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.