Spring training news keeps coming out of Surprise as the Royals continue to prepare for the 2013 season.
After some visa issues related to his wife, Alcides Escobar is in camp, as is Miguel Tejada, who was delayed by illness. All players are at the training facility now and full squad workouts are getting in gear.
Despite what he deemed “eating too much” Tejada is good to go now, and according to Bob Dutton will have to play his way off the roster. He’s essentially a lock. The Royals love the bat speed they saw in the winter leagues and in the Caribbean Series. Tejada is saying all the right things, and at this point, it seems they were able to communicate to him that they wouldn’t use him as more than a utility player, unlike last season when Yuniesky Betancourt didn’t seem to know what his role would be going into the year. (Then again, the Royals didn’t seem to know either as they still started him most of the time last year until they designated him for assignment.)
That boils the starting second baseman job down to Johnny Giavotella vs. Chris Getz, as anticipated.
Regardless of which one wins that battle, Ned Yost sees them as a hitter at the bottom of the order, or, that’s his feeling right now. Things can always change – as he said, he won’t set it in stone – but his projected lineup has Getz/Giavotella in the #9 spot. Here’s the full projected lineup as of February 16th (and is always subject to change):
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