Getz went 1-for-3 with a walk Wednesday at Houston while leading off for the first time this season. That earned him another night at the top of the order.
"He had a really good game, and we're hoping he could fill out that spot and be productive," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Getz went 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run Thursday in the 5-4 loss to the Angels. He becomes the sixth player Yost has used in the leadoff spot. He said Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar did not look comfortable batting first.
"We're searching trying to find someone that can solidify that No. 1, that leadoff spot," Yost said.Getz went 1-for-4 Friday with an RBI in a 5-2 loss to the Angels.
"I think Chris has finally gotten his year going, here in the last 10 days," Yost said. "He struggled up to that point, made some adjustments in his stance -- and this whole road trip, every time he's played he's hit the ball very well. I'm convinced he is back now, and his last two or three games have done nothing to take away that conviction."
Alex Gordon batted leadoff for 30 games, but Yost dropped him to the third slot. He said he intends to keep Gordon, who is hitting .346 after having his 10-game hitting streak snapped Thursday, in the three hole.
NEXT: Angels (Billy Buckner, 0-0, 0.00) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie, 5-2, 3.49)
RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who starts Saturday against the Angels, has lost his past two starts since his franchise record of 18 consecutive starts without a loss was snapped. The Angels ended Guthrie's streak on May 14 when he allowed four home runs.
LHP Danny Duffy, who has season-ending Tommy John surgery last June, will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He is scheduled to throw four innings against San Antonio. He went 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts last season before the injury. Duffy has been rehabbing at the Royals' complex in Surprise, Ariz.
3B Mike Moustakas, who is in a 2-for-34 skid and hitting .149 in May, was not in the lineup Friday night against Angels LHP Jason Vargas. Moustakas is hitting just .143 with two extra-base hits and one RBI in 47 at-bats against left-handers.
IF Miguel Tejada made his eighth start of the season Friday night, his fifth at third base. Tejada homered in the third inning, his second of the week. He has hit safely in his past six starts and has a .323 batting average in 31 at-bats. His two home runs are one more than 1B Eric Hosmer (156 at-bats), CF Lorenzo Cain (149 at-bats), RF Jeff Francoeur (144 at-bats) and C Salvador Perez (151 at-bats).
RHP Luke Hochevar got a blown save and a loss Friday night in the 5-2 loss to the Angels. The home run he gave up in the sixth was the first he has yielded since April 3 in Chicago.
"He (Jason Vargas) just doesn't give in. He locates and battles. He gets the job done out there, another solid performance from him."—Manager Ned Yost after Friday's loss.
CF Jarrod Dyson (sprained right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 16. He's likely out until mid-June.
LHP Danny Duffy (Tommy John surgery in June 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list March 31. He threw 15 pitches in an extended spring training game in Arizona in late April. He is on schedule to pitch five innings by June 13, the one-year anniversary of his surgery.
RHP Felipe Paulino (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day list Feb. 12. He threw 20 batting practice pitches the week of April 22. Paulino is out of options, so he can only pitch with a minor league affiliate for 30 days if he goes on a rehab assignment.
RHP James Shields
RHP Ervin Santana
RHP Jeremy Guthrie
RHP Wade Davis
RHP Luis Mendoza
RHP Greg Holland (closer)
RHP Aaron Crow
LHP Tim Collins
RHP Luke Hochevar
LHP Bruce Chen
RHP Louis Coleman
RHP J.C. Gutierrez
1B Eric Hosmer
2B Chris Getz
SS Alcides Escobar
3B Mike Moustakas
DH Billy Butler
INF Miguel Tejada
LF Alex Gordon
CF Lorenzo Cain
RF Jeff Francoeur
OF David Lough
OF/INF Elliot Johnson