KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Yamaico Navarro was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Friday, clearing a spot on the Royals' 25-man roster for second baseman Johnny Giavotella.
Navarro was obtained last Saturday, along with Minor League pitcher Kendal Volz, in a trade that sent infielder Mike Aviles to the Red Sox.
"[Navarro's] 23 years old and he needs to play. If he was 28 or 29 years old, it'd be a different story -- we'd be more set in our mind to allow him to be a utility-type player," manager Ned Yost said. "But he's 23 and he's got some upside tools that continually need to be developed. The only way you're going to do that is by playing."
Navarro will have that chance with the Storm Chasers because the Royals' infield is set with Mike Moustakas at third base, Alcides Escobar at shortstop, Eric Hosmer at first base with Giavotella moving into second base and Chris Getz filling the backup role.
Yost said that Navarro will likely play all over the infield, including his natural position of shortstop.
But the Royals don't want to cast Navarro as a utility player.
"Not at 23 years old, no. That's for sure. You want to try and give him every opportunity to show that he's an everyday player, too," Yost said.
Navarro played in two games for the Royals at third base and went 3-for-7 with a double. Including 16 games for the Red Sox, he batted .250 with one home run and six RBIs.
Getz accepts losing his starting role
KANSAS CITY -- Don't look for Chris Getz to be pouting about being bumped as the primary second baseman by Royals newcomer Johnny Giavotella.
"I'm not going to have a bad attitude about it. It certainly doesn't bring any value hanging my head or being a bad teammate," Getz said. "That's just not my style."
Getz, batting .256, has just eight extra-base hits and 24 RBIs in his 97 games, but is regarded as outstanding defensively. He's stolen 19 bases in 26 attempts and is third in the Majors with 12 sacrifice bunts. He also leads the Royals with a .324 (24-for-74) average with runners in scoring position.
He didn't lose the job through poor performance.
"It's like I told Getzy, this wasn't a performance issue with him," manager Ned Yost said. "Getzy's performance has been pretty solid all year long. This is a case where we have to see what we have in this kid [Giavotella] at the big league level moving forward."
Getz also lost the second-base job last season to Mike Aviles after beginning the season as the starter.
"But last year I got hurt and was struggling," Getz said. "This year [Giavotella] has been doing well and he certainly warrants an opportunity up here."
Relief efforts for tornado-struck Joplin, Mo., will be supported by a portion of the proceeds from "Teams United for Joplin" T-shirts at the Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. The shirts featuring logos of the Royals and Cardinals sell for $20.
Janie Shelton won the Miller Lite "Royal for a Day" promotion, signed a one-day contract with the Royals for $1,135.61 and threw out the first pitch before Friday night's game against the Tigers.
Saturday night's telecast by Fox Sports Kansas City will connect Missouri National Guard troops serving in Afghanistan with their families at home. The troops will be shown on TV and interviewed via satellite. The telecast starts at 5:30 CT.
Fans can decide the design of the T-shirt Tuesday giveaway on Sept. 13. Four designs on a long-sleeve white shirt are up for vote.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.