The Royals, as expected, activated outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the disabled list and demoted second baseman Chris Getz before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
The decision seems to position Elliot Johnson to become the regular second baseman with veteran Miguel Tejada serving as the roster’s only backup infielder other than designated hitter Billy Butler.
Dyson’s return provides the Royals with five outfielders.
Getz, 29, was batting just .214 with 19 runs, seven extra-base hits and 12 RBIs in 140 at-bats in 47 games. Johnson is batting .246 with 16 runs, five extra-base hits and nine RBIs in 114 at-bats in 48 games.
The Royals’ choice appeared to be between Getz and outfielder David Lough because each have options remaining. Other likely possibilities would have required a player to be released or designated for assignment.
Lough was recalled May 17 from Omaha to replace an injured Dyson on the roster and is batting .290 with eight runs, eight extra-base hits and 11 RBIs 100 at-bats in 28 games.
Dyson, 28, was batting .268 in 18 games when he suffered a high right ankle sprain May 15 while climbing the center-field wall at Los Angeles in pursuit of a Mike Trout homer.
While Dyson could see steady duty upon his return, there are there are no immediate plans to put him back atop the lineup.
“How can I put Dyson in the leadoff?” manager Ned Yost asked prior to Friday’s 9-1 loss to the White Sox. “He’s hitting .149 (in 13 games before Friday) in Triple-A.
“But he was really starting to come on when he got hurt. When we get him back, he’ll be lower down in the lineup. We’ll put him in center and see if we can’t get him going up here.”
Dyson’s average at Omaha dropped to .137 when he went hitless in four at-bats Friday in a 7-6 victory over Albuquerque. But reports say he is no longer hampered by his injured ankle.
The Royals faced a Tuesday deadline to activate Dyson because rehab assignments are limited to 20 days for non-pitchers.