Kansas City Royals second basemen Omar Infante (14) Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals: Omar Infante to 15-Day DL

 

The Kansas City Royals announced earlier on Tuesday that second baseman Omar Infante has been placed on the disabled list. Infante has been struggling with a sore back since the series against the San Diego Padres. The Royals sat Infante for the last week in hopes that his back would get better, but no such luck apparently.

Pedro Ciriaco has been called up from Omaha to take Infante’s roster spot for the time being. It’s also been reported that Johnny Giavotella will be the starting second baseman in Infante’s absence.

Infante had another major injury issue earlier in the season when he was hit in the jaw by a pitch. Infante ended up missing one game and has since worn a specially made helmet that protects his jaw.

When word broke that an announcement was coming, many speculated that it was time to send struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas to the minors and bring up another reliever.

While the news of Infante being placed on the disabled list is tough, the team returns home tonight to take on the Colorado Rockies for a two game series. Their home stretch continues with a four game series against the Baltimore Orioles (who the Royals previously beat 2-1 in Baltimore), and a three game series against the Chicago White Sox (who the Royals beat 2-1 in Kansas City to begin their home stand for the season).

How much will Omar Infante’s absence affect the team? So far this year he’s had 32 hits, 13 runs, and two home runs. He’s also had three triples. Infante is one of the better players currently on the Royals’ roster so let’s hope the team can pull through in his absence.

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