The Kansas City Royals are expected to activate outfielder Jarrod Dyson off the 15-day disabled list before their game Saturday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox, and will option Chris Getz to Triple-A Omaha to clear space, first reported by Rob White of the Omaha World Herald (h/t someone_else).
The Royals placed Dyson on the disabled list on May 17 with an injured ankle, and recalled David Lough from Omaha to fill his spot on the 25-man roster. Lough has hit .290/.304/.410 in 102 plate appearances since being recalled, and has started the majority of games in rightfield.
Many expected the Royals to send Lough to Triple-A, and keep Jeff Francoeur on the roster instead. Francoeur has looked lost offensively this season, hitting .216/.258/.335 in 186 plate appearances. Frenchy has seen his role diminish this season; he began the season as the starting right fielder, but has essentially been reduced to a platoon role against left-handed pitchers.
Chris Getz also lost his starter's role this season. Getz has hit even worse than Francoeur this season, sporting a .214/.276/.286 triple slash line. Elliot Johnson has replaced Getz as the team's everyday second baseman; Johnson has only hit .246/.277/.333 in 128 plate appearances, but does appear to be a defensive upgrade over Getz.
While many fans will be pleased that Lough will stay with Kansas City, the team's current roster construction is a bit curious. Miguel Tejada and Billy Butler are the only backup infielders on the roster. Johnson can play shortstop if Alcides Escobar needs a day off, but Tejada has looked exposed defensively in limited playing time at second base this season.
Lough and Dyson are also fairly redundant on the same roster. Lough will hit for more power, while Dyson is obviously the faster option, but both are fourth outfielders who probably should not be consistently starting on a team that wants to consider itself a contender.
The return of Dyson likely means more off-days for Lorenzo Cain in centerfield. I have no idea how Ned Yost plans to divide time between Lough, Dyson and Francoeur, but I'm sure it will be an interesting time share.
Yost will not hit Dyson leadoff when the outfielder returns, as the manager told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star:
"How can I put Dyson in the leadoff? 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."
I would have rather seen the team option/DFA J.C. Gutierrez to clear space for Dyson, but this decision is better than sending Lough to Triple-A. Cutting ties with Francoeur still seems a pipe dream, but hopefully this means Frenchy will see even less plate appearances moving forward.