Royals option INF Navarro to Triple-A

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.