Searching for answers for a lineup that simply did not produce enough runs in 2013, the Kansas City Royals added veteran infielder Omar Infante to bring some stability and get on base at the top of the order.
Among other things, the move was designed to move outfielder Alex Gordon down into a traditional run-producing spot in the lineup with the hopes that he, Eric Hosmer, and Billy Butler would come up with more chances to drive in runs. That plan still might work out, but the Royals might not see it in action to start the season.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Infante might start the season on the disabled list as a concession to a balky elbow.
The team intends to make a decision on Infante’s status after he appears in a minor-league game and takes a series of physical tests on Saturday afternoon. He received a cortisone shot for a bone spur on March 18. He still feels discomfort when he swings a bat. Infante has described the sensation as a “pinch,” one that could keep him from joining his team in Detroit on Monday.”
Infante, age 32, batted .318/.345/.450 in 118 games for the Detroit Tigers last season.