KANSAS CITY -- The Royals continued shuffling their 25-man roster before the start of Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers as they called up infielder Wilson Betemit and optioned right-handed reliever Bryan Bullington to Triple-A Omaha.
With Interleague Play just around the corner, Royals manager Ned Yost said he wanted Betemit's skills at his fingertips.
"The determining factor was, if I look at my lineup in these National League parks, if I need to double switch in the bottom half of our order in time for the pitcher not to hit, Betemit can play third, short, second, first and left field," Yost said. "So it gives us more options and strength in those situation. He was a perfect fit for this time."
Betemit said he doesn't care where his new manager puts him -- he just wants to help the team win.
"That's what I do," he said. "When I come into the big leagues, I can play all the infield, and the outfield, too. Whenever I get the chance to play, I'm going to go out and play hard."
In 29 games for Omaha this season, Betemit is batting .265 with two homers and 17 RBIs. In 113 at-bats, Betemit has 23 strikeouts with 17 walks.
"I'm happy to be here and be part of the team," Betemit said. "Things have been going good in Omaha, but I'm ready to be a part of this team."
The 28-year-old switch-hitter carries a career batting average of .258 in 1,275 career at-bats through seven seasons in the Major Leagues.
Bullington was 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in three appearances for the Royals since being called up on May 17. In three innings pitched, Bullington gave up four earned runs on seven hits with five walks. In his last appearance Sunday against the Rockies, he pitched two innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs, including a home run to Troy Tulowitzki.
With this roster move, the Royals now carry 13 position players with 12 pitchers.
-- Samuel Zuba
Betancourt leaves with dizziness vs. Rangers
KANSAS CITY -- Yuniesky Betancourt was taken out of the lineup in the fifth inning Tuesday night due to mild dizziness after a collision at home plate with Rangers catcher Matt Treanor.
While attempting to score in the third inning off Jason Kendall's sacrifice fly to left field, Betancourt collided with Treanor who lost the ball. Betancourt was ruled safe as he reached out and touched home plate. Visibly shaken up by the collision, Betancourt was attended to by trainer Nick Kenney.
"[Betancourt] slammed his head during the play at the plate and it kind of shook him at first," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He went in the dugout and an inning later he started getting dizzy and started getting a headache so we took him out of the game. Right now, he just has a headache and is a little dizzy."
Betancourt played through the fifth inning, committing an error on an Elvis Andrus slow roller, but also making a leaping grab to steal a base hit from Ian Kinsler. In the sixth, Mike Aviles shifted from second to shortstop, and Chris Getz came in at second.
Yost said initially, Betancourt seemed fine, but as the game continued, he began to feel dizzy.
"He came in recovered, felt fine -- didn't have any headache or any ringing in his ears, wasn't dizzy," Yost said. "But when he came in off the field two innings later he started experiencing some dizziness."
-- Samuel Zuba
Kendall makes milestone start
KANSAS CITY -- Jason Kendall's start Tuesday against the Texas Rangers will be a special one.
This game marks Kendall's 1,951 career start behind the plate, moving him past Tony Peña for fifth on the all-time career starts list.
Kendall, who has started every game this season but two, now trails Gary Carter (2,056), Bob Boone (2,225), Carlton Fisk (2,226) and Ivan Rodriguez (2,320) on the all-time list.
Being associated with players like Fisk and Rodriguez is something that hasn't quite set in yet for the Royals' veteran catcher.
"It's very flattering," Kendall said. "It's something that I think, more so when I'm done playing, I'll look back on."
With almost 2,000 starts under his belt, Kendall still feels like he can be productive for years to come.
"I still feel like I did when I was 21," he said. "I mean, I'm still going to take care of my body, but I feel good."
-- Samuel Zuba
Gordon adjusting to position change
KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon may have been projected to be the Royals' third baseman of the future, but the 2010 season has brought change to the second overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
This season in Omaha, Gordon has switched from his natural position at third base to left field -- something Royals manager Ned Yost said will likely be his position with the Royals.
"We're going to move him around and play him some in right and play him in left," Yost said. "We're trying to prepare him to play the corners in the outfield ... He's real athletic and he's a real hard worker. He's a guy that has taken to the position as easy as you would hope someone like that would take to the position."
Yost compared Gordon's transformation to that of Ryan Braun in Milwaukee. Braun, who started his career as a third baseman for the Brewers, shifted to left field in 2008 under Yost.
"It took Ryan Braun probably all of Spring Training before he started to get a little bit comfortable out there, and by the middle of the season, it was like he played the position his whole career," Yost said.
In 19 games for Omaha, Gordon has compiled a .362 batting average with six homers and 17 RBIs. On May 17, Gordon was selected as Player of the Week in the Pacific Coast League.
-- Samuel Zuba
DeJesus, wife welcome first child
KANSAS CITY -- Royals left fielder David DeJesus was not in the lineup for Tuesday's game for a very special reason.
DeJesus and his wife Kim welcomed their first child, David Kingston DeJesus Jr. The baby weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 20 inches.
Royals manager Ned Yost said he didn't know when DeJesus would return, but thought it would be soon.
"I told him to take care of momma and take care of the baby," Yost said. "When everything is done, then we'll figure that out."
-- Samuel Zuba
Guillen recalls happy times with Lima
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' Jose Guillen was a teammate of Jose Lima just once, playing for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series, but they became fast friends over the years.
"The guy never had any problem with anybody. He was always lovable and fun and kept everybody around him happy," Guillen said.
"He was a great man all the way around. He was never mad, always happy. There's nothing bad to say about that man, a perfect guy. It's tough to see a guy like that go at 37 years old."
Lima always put on a good show when he pitched in the United States but, in the Dominican Winter League pitching for Aguilas, he was even more animated and expressive on the field. He had planned to pitch again for Aguilas next winter.
"He was good when he was good and bad when he was bad," Guillen said, smiling. "But I was always happy to see him. Pitching good or pitching bad, he was always having fun, always keeping the fans laughing."
Funeral services for Lima, who pitched for the Royals in 2003 and 2005, will be held Thursday at Flushing, N.Y. Additional memorial services are pending in the Dominican. -- Dick Kaegel
Emotional ceremonial first pitch at Kauffman
KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday's ceremonial first pitch before the Royals and Rangers game was different than most.
Throwing out the first pitch was Michael McHugh, son of Col. John McHugh who was killed in Afghanistan earlier in the week.
Michael McHugh, an Army warrant officer, choked back tears as he spoke of his father.
"He was the best," McHugh said. "Everybody loved him -- great dad, great husband to my mom. Everybody who worked for him loved him. We're going to miss him a lot."
Col. John McHugh became an avid Royals fan while he was stationed in Ft. Leavenworth.
"It's an honor to come out here and represent my dad and everybody who has given their lives serving their country," McHugh said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Samuel Zuba is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.