Falu excited for opportunity with big league club

Falu excited for opportunity with big league club

Falu excited for opportunity with big league club

KANSAS CITY -- Infielder Irving Falu's stay in Kansas City might be brief, but he was happy to be summoned to the big league club nevertheless.

Falu was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take the roster spot of Miguel Tejada, who went on the disabled list Sunday.

Falu, who was selected in the 21st round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, is making his first appearance of the season with the Royals after batting .263 through 116 games with Omaha. After nine years in the Minor Leagues, he had three separate stints with the Royals last season, batting .341 through 24 games.

"I'm happy," Falu said. "I will do my best on defense and hope my bat is there."

Falu made his big league debut on May 6, 2012, against the Yankees and was 2-for-4, including a triple in his first at-bat. He became just the third Royals to triple in his first plate appearance, joining Brian McRae and Edgar Caceres. He recorded a nine-game hitting streak from May 6-22 and tied Mike Kingery for the longest hitting streak to start a Major League career as a Royal.

Falu's stint with Kansas City this time around figures to be brief, as second baseman Chris Getz is set to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Getz was placed on the DL on Aug. 1 with a left knee strain. He started a rehabilitation assignment on Aug. 5 and is batting .333 (5-for-15) with a stolen base in four games.

Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.