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Royally Yours: Is Infante Out?

Omar Infante is recovering from surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow, and he is going to miss some of the exhibition games during spring training. Right now, he is being closely monitored in a throwing program.

Photo by; Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by; Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

What does this mean for second base and the Royals?

Infante lost his second-base position last season to Ben Zobrist, who was instrumental in getting the Royals to the playoffs and the World Series, and it was Christian Colon who came into the World Series at a critical point, with a game-winning hit. Infante being out could cost the Royals big. There is still another year on his four-year contract, which is still at $17.75 million. Though manager Ned Yost has characterized Infante’s defense as “spectacular,” he has left little in the way of offense .220/.234/.318.

christian-colon-kansas-city-royalsCould this be Christian Colon’s time to shine?

According to General Manager Dayton Moore, second base is Colon’s. He was the World Series hero with the game-winning hit during Game 5. He showed everyone he was ready for the task with his bat, while his defense needs work. The bat, at .290/.356/.692 in 107 at bats, brings some much-needed power.

What does Yost have to say about all this?

Yost is being Yost. When asked about who would get second base, his response was:

“That’s what spring training is for. We sort through this stuff. And you keep an open mind,” he said, as reported by mlb.com.

 

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