Royals Call Up Johnny Giavotella

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 05: Johnny Giavotella #9 of the Kansas City Royals steps up to the plate as he bats in the second inning during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals have called up second baseman Johnny Giavotella, General Manager Dayton Moore told Bob Fesco of KC local radio station 610 Sports this morning. Moore said the club was still "dotting all their i's and crossing all their T's," possibly signaling a trade:

Giavotella, the 24 year-old second round pick from the 2008 Amateur Draft, enters just his second season in the pros. He saw limited time during the 2011 season, appearing in 46 games and getting 187 plate appearances. He went .247/.273/.376 and hit two home runs, four triples, and nine doubles while successfully stealing at a 5-2 rate.

No corresponding move (or trade, which Royals fans are speculating) has been announced -- nor a specific role for the touted infielder, but Moore did say he wouldn't be an every day starter just yet, likely taking time from Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt at second.

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