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Slump Getz could wind up on bench

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Second baseman Chris Getz has seen his batting average fall 108 points in the past dozen games.

He was hitting .342 on April 13, but since then is 5-for-39, a .128 average, with a triple his only extra-base hit in that span. Getz, who went 0-for-2 with two walks Tuesday in the Royals' 9-4 loss to the Indians, has two RBI and four stolen bases in the past 12 games.

The clock is ticking on how long manager Ned Yost will stick with Getz as his everyday second baseman.

"There are a lot of factors that go into that," Yost said. "You can absorb two guys in your lineup that are defensive specialists, that mix in their hits here and there and are .230-, .240-type hitters in the American League. You can't absorb four.

"So it depends on what the other guys in the lineup are doing, it depends on what guys you have available and what they're doing -- if it's a better option to keep that four down to two. If we had seven guys smoking the ball, it wouldn't even be an issue. You can absorb a .220, .230 average at short and at second and not miss a beat."

Yost could start Mike Aviles, who has a seven-game hitting streak, at second and Wilson Betemit at third, giving up defense for more offense.

"We have to have more production," Yost said.

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