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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Royals' Omar Infante scratched with sore elbow

By on 3/18/2014 01:30:00 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Royals’ infielder Omar Infante was scratched from the lineup Monday with a sore right elbow.

As Kerry Kauffman of SportsInjuryAlert reported, Infante was dealing with a shoulder issue that forced him sit out a couple of days earlier this month.

Infante, 32,was a key acquisition by Kansas City after an 86 win season and hope to compete for the division this season after struggling for the past decade.

The right-hander in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers hit for a slash of .318/.345/.450 with 10 home runs, and 51 runs batted in. In 118 games he accumulated a 2.4 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) and an above average wRC+ of 117. His 9.2 strikeout percentage was a career best and earned him a generous 4-year deal worth $30 million if the Royals extend his option for $10 million in 2018.

Infante has dealt with injuries his entire career such as a broken finger, back tightness, ankle injury, and a shin injury.

Infante is expected to miss a few days to rest his elbow and be ready for Opening Day in Detroit.

Should Infante have a lingering elbow issue, his back ups are Johnny Giavotella and Christian Colon.  Giavotella batted .220 in 14 games with Kansas City last season, while Colon played the entire year at Triple-A and batted .273 with 12 home runs and 58 runs batted in.

With the unfortunate stretch of arm issues so far this spring, the Royals and Infante remain optimistic they can avoid surgery or miss an extended amount of time.

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