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.
#Royals announce that INF Omar Infante has been placed on the 15-day DL, while KC purchased the contract of INF Pedro Ciriaco from Omaha.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 13, 2014
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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