Royals recall infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, option Irving Falu to Omaha

Friday, June 1, 2012 | 6:51 p.m. CDT; updated 7:20 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 1, 2012
Kansas City Royals' Yuniesky Betancourt bats during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 21. The infielder was recalled by the club Friday.

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals have recalled infielder Yuniesky Betancourt from his minor league rehab assignment and optioned Irving Falu to Triple-A Omaha.

Betancourt has been out with a high right ankle sprain that initially occurred during spring training and hampered him through April. He was hitting .280 when he went on the disabled list.

Falu, a utility infielder, hit .326 in 12 games with the Royals.

Manager Ned Yost said the Royals decided to send Falu back to Omaha, Neb., rather than Johnny Giavotella because they like Giavotella's bat off the bench late in games. Giavotella struggles playing the field at second base but has shown some power at the plate.

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