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Friday, October 24, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Omar Infante feeling better with strong painkillers

By on 10/24/2014 02:15:00 PM

Royals second baseman Omar Infante has been dealing with shoulder pain for months now and according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, began taking oral doses of the pain-killing drug Toradol during the ALCS. As noted by Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, Toradol is both powerful and controversial.

During the 2014 postseason, Infante, 32, has gone 8 for 35 (.229/.300/.343) with one home run, but that one was big: in Game 2 of the World Series, Infante's two-run dinger off Hunter Strickland gave the Royals a 7-2 lead and put the game out of reach. McCullough notes,
The increased medication led to his improved throwing in the final two games against Baltimore, [Infante] said. He also felt far more comfortable in the batter’s box. His second-inning double on Wednesday was his first extra-base hit since Sept. 23. The homer was his first since Aug. 13, and just his second since June 27.
Omar Infante

In 2014, his 13th major league season, Infante hit .252/.295/.337 (OPS+ 76) with six homers and 66 RBI.  Although his offense was subpar, he has provided average defensive and good baserunning skills, according to Fangraphs, and ended the 2014 season at 0.5 WAR. Infante, who also plays shortstop and third base, has a career line of .277/.316/.398 (OPS+ 91). In 2010, when he was with the Atlanta Braves and hit .321/.359/.416, he was named to the NL All-Star team.

Infante was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1999 out of Venezuela, made his debut September 7, 2002 at age 20, and posted a batting line of.266/.305/.399 in two stints with the Tigers (2002-2007 and 2012-13). In November 2007 the Tigers traded him to the Chicago Cubs for Jacque Jones; the Cubs then flipped him (with Will Ohman) to the Atlanta Braves for Jose Ascanio. In November 2010, Atlanta traded him with Mike Dunn to the Florida Marlins for Dan Uggla. The Miami Marlins traded him in July 2012 with Anibal Sanchez back to the Tigers in exchange for Rob BrantlyBrian Flynn and Jacob Turner.

After the 2013 season, as a free agent, Infante signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Royals that takes him through 2017 with a team option for 2018.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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