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Friday, October 10, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Omar Infante still dealing with shoulder soreness

By on 10/10/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Kansas City Royals enter the ALCS tonight against the Baltimore Orioles after sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS. Three of the postseason wins have come in extra innings for the streaking Royals, who come into the ALDS with injury concern regarding second baseman Omar Infante, who has been dealing with shoulder soreness.

As reported by Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star, Infante can often be seen with a grimace on his face after throws from second base. The shoulder issue he is dealing with has bothered him much of the second half of the season. Infante has been limited in double-play turns in practice and almost never throws overhand, trying to protect the shoulder.

Infante isn't expected to miss any time during the ALCS, but his lowest OPS since he was a 23-year old suggests that injuries have affected his offense. The injuries started in spring training with right elbow and shoulder soreness and then a back problem in May. 

Manager Ned Yost could go with Christian Colon at second base, should Infante be unable to play, but Yos has shown no signs of altering the lineup.

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Infante, a 13-year Major League veteran, hit .252 with six home runs and 66 RBI in 135 games this season. His slugging percentage was his lowest since 2003 and his OPS lowest since 2005. Infante has played for the Tigers,  Braves, Marlins and Royals and is a career .276 hitter with 80 home runs and 487 RBI.

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