Royals Bring Up Getz & Herrera For 2nd Half Debut

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals placed infielder Chris Getz and reliever Kelvin Herrera on the taxi squad Thursday in anticipation of recalling them Friday, and optioned infielder Johnny Giavotella and reliever Everett Teaford to Triple-A Omaha.

The club also assigned infielder Pedro Ciriaco, claimed off waivers Tuesday from San Diego, to Omaha.

Getz opened the season as the Royals’ starting second baseman, but was optioned to Omaha on June 22. He has a .214 average in 47 games for Kansas City this season with five doubles, a homer and four stolen bases.

Herrera was optioned to Omaha on June 25. The right-hander is 3-5 with a 5.20 ERA in 29 appearances with the Royals this season.

Kansas City will start the second half of the season with a crucial series against the first place Detroit Tigers. The Royals will look to break a five-game losing streak before the break, and trail the Tigers by eight games in the division. Ervin Santana will get the start for KC against Anibal Sanchez of Detroit.

First pitch will be at 7:10pm Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, with pregame at 6:30 on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN from the Royals Radio Network.