The conventional wisdom has been that when Royals prospect Johnny Giavotella was going to get promoted from Triple-A Omaha this season, he would then become the full-time starter at second base.
The organizational philosophy is simple: It's better for Giavotella to get his at-bats and work on his defense at Omaha rather than sit at the big-league level.
Well, interestingly, Johnny G is up with the Royals, but he has not been given the second base job.
In fact, Chris Getz and utility man Irving Falu both remain on the team, giving the Royals three options at second. And, remember that Yuniesky Betancourt probably will come off the disabled list in a week or two.
For now, it appears Giavotella will get only spot starts, like the one on Wednesday night when he started, not at second base, but as the Royals' designated hitter.
For what it's worth, Giavotella isn't complaing.
"Hey, I'm just happy to be in the lineup," he said. "I'm here to help the team win in any way I can."