- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have optioned Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Omaha.

Navarro, drove in three runs in the Kansas City Royals victory Thursday night over Baltimore, was acquired in a trade Saturday from the Boston Red Sox for Mike Aviles.

Navarro started the previous two games at third base, going 4 for 7, although shortstop is considered his best position. He can also play second base and left field. Manager Ned Yost said he wants the 23-year-old Navarro playing everyday instead of sitting on the Kansas City bench.

The day before sending down Navarro, the Royals purchased the contract of second baseman Johnny Giavotella.


He was in the starting lineup Friday, batting sixth against Detroit.