Infante back in Royals’ clubhouse but will sit indefinitely
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals second baseman Omar Infante was back in the Royals’ clubhouse a day after suffering a sprained jaw and a laceration requiring stitches as a result of getting hit by a pitch by Tampa Bay’s Heath Bell.
Manager Ned Yost said he spoke with Infante and said he seemed in good spirits.
Infante remains in somewhat of a holding pattern, though, as the team’s medical personnel will continue to observe him for 48 hours before determining if a stint on the disabled list is required. The Royals, though, seemed in the mindset that Infante would not need to be deactivated, particularly after tests determined he did not suffer a concussion or fracture.
"He looks good and was talking a little," Yost said. "He ate something, so we know he can chew.
"We really dodged a bullet."
The Royals, however, still might need to make a roster move if Infante needs a week or so of rest. The Royals are not carrying a backup middle infielder.
The Royals opened the season with middle infielder Pedro Ciriaco on the 25-man roster but designated him for assignment over the weekend.
For now, the Royals will move forward with corner infielder Danny Valencia at second base. Valencia was scheduled to make his first major-league start there Tuesday night.
Valencia played extensively at second base during spring training.
In the event Valencia or shortstop Alcides Escobar were to get hurt during a game, the Royals would be in scramble mode.
"We can move guys around," Yost said. "Alex (Gordon) has played the infield before. (Catcher) Brett Hayes can play the corner positions, so he could play third, too."
Moustakas was a shortstop in high school and also started a game at second base in the spring. Moose likely would be the emergency shortstop, and emergency second baseman.
"We are going to go day by day on all that stuff," Yost said.
And as far as the batting order goes, Yost had Eric Hosmer move up to take the No. 2 spot where Infante had been.
And catcher Sal Perez, who had been hitting sixth, moved into the No. 3 hole.
"Frankly, I want my best hitters to get the most at-bats," Yost said. "I want to put the guys who have been swinging the bat well at the top of the lineup."
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