ST. PETERSBURG -- With Chris Getz reclaiming the Royals' second-base job, Alberto Callaspo moved from second base to third base and Alex Gordon went to the bench on Friday.
Gordon, whose season debut was delayed by a broken right thumb, was hitting just .194 (6-for-31) with one double, one home run and one RBI in 11 games.
"I think everybody's pretty familiar with Alex's numbers here. They haven't been good, obviously, and Callaspo does a better job defensively at third base than he does at second," manager Trey Hillman said. "Unfortunately for Alex, he's not swinging it that great, and there have been some plays at third base that he knows he could've made."
Gordon joins infielder Willie Bloomquist, injured outfielder Rick Ankiel and catcher Brayan Pena on the bench. Ankiel remained out of the lineup for a sixth game with a right quad strain.
Davies up for challenge of facing Rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Kyle Davies is the next Royals pitcher who'll test the tough Tampa Bay Rays when he starts Saturday night's game for the Royals.
"Some of these guys are different hitters -- they have some hot zones in different places," Davies said.
Davies went 5 1/3 hitless innings against Seattle in his last start, and the Mariners' only hit was an infield single by Ichiro Suzuki. The Mariners were patient, fouled off a lot of pitches and ran up Davies' pitch count.
But the Rays are different.
"It's weird, because some of them don't have traditional hot zones. Like [Carl] Crawford. He swings at a lot of pitches out of the strike zone, but he hits them hard, and then, sometimes, he gets himself [out] right down the middle," Davies said.
"It's kind of like Ichiro in that fact. It's a different way of pitching. You just have to be aggressive, and that's what I've been trying to do in the first four games. I'm on the attack, and if you can hit it, hit it."
Getz activated, starts for Royals vs. Rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- Second baseman Chris Getz was recalled from his injury rehabilitation assignment on Friday and, although delayed en route, he was in the Royals' starting lineup against Tampa Bay.
To make room, pitcher Victor Marte was optioned back to Triple-A Omaha after a one-day stay. Marte was called up on Thursday when left-hander John Parrish went on the 15-day disabled list.
Marte, a right-hander, worked 2 1/3 innings in an 11-1 loss to the Rays on Thursday night, giving up two hits, two walks and one run. He also made a throwing error.
Getz, who is getting over a right oblique strain, played just two games for Omaha in his four-day stay because of a rainout and travel. He was 2-for-6 with two walks and two runs scored. In nine games for the Royals, he hit .207 (6-for-29) with three stolen bases.
It was just 4:55 p.m. ET, just over two hours before first pitch, when Getz blew into the Royals' clubhouse. Within 15 minutes he was in uniform and stretching with the team before batting practice.
"He got delayed out of Omaha, which caused him to miss his connection in Dallas," manager Trey Hillman said. "I just told the trainers to make sure he was as well-hydrated as he can be, and we'll watch him close."
Hillman typically does not use players on the day they travel to join the club. But this time he went against that policy.
"I'm going against the grain here, yeah," Hillman said. "I'd like to have the added defense, what he can bring on the basepaths and, hopefully, offensively as well."
Marte departs; Royals down to 12 pitchers
ST. PETERSBURG -- The departure of right-hander Victor Marte gives the Royals seven pitchers, instead of eight, in the bullpen for the first time since April 11. That was the day that infielder Mike Aviles was optioned to Triple-A Omaha, and starting pitcher Gil Meche came off the disabled list.
The Royals opened the season with 12 pitchers and, now, after 19 days with 13, they're back to the even dozen. That move was made even though the Royals had to deal with the hard-hitting Tampa Bay Rays for three more games.
"When you try to predict it out, you don't typically say, 'Our starters are going to get their brains beat in, and our starters are only going to go a few innings,' " manager Trey Hillman said. "Hopefully, we can get out to a lead and hold it."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.