Outfielder Jarrod Dyson, as expected, was recalled from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, but with an unexpected twist.
Second baseman Chris Getz was the player the Royals optioned to Omaha to make room for Dyson.
Getz, batting just .214, was getting less playing time lately as Elliot Johnson got more exposure at second base, starting seven of nine games prior to Saturday.
Johnson was hitting .246 in 48 games; he's started 28 games at second compared to Getz's 41.
Dyson said he's completely recovered from a high right ankle injury sustained while climbing the wall on May 15 at Anaheim.
Dyson was hitting just .137 (7-for-51) with five stolen bases for Omaha.
The move leaves the Royals with five outfielders -- Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Jeff Francoeur, David Lough and Dyson.
Getz, a left-handed batter, began this season as the regular second baseman, nudging Johnny Giavotella in a battle for the position.
Obtained from the White Sox in a November 2009 trade for infielder-outfielder Mark Teahen, Getz's time with the Royals has often been interrupted by injuries. He was on the disabled list three times last season and appeared in only 64 games, batting .275. In September 2010, he sustained a concussion, which ended his season.
In 301 games over four years with the Royals, Getz has a .249 average and 49 stolen bases. He hit his first home run for the team after 829 at-bats on April 16 at Atlanta.