Royals reliever Coleman could start season on DL

Louis Coleman has a bone bruise on his right middle finger that could land him on the DL.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City Royals reliever Louis Coleman probably will start the season on the disabled list because of a bone bruise on his right middle finger.

Coleman gave up six runs, three hits and three walks in one-third of an inning Monday against San Francisco. He has had the injury since early in spring training.

Coleman and second baseman Omar Infante, who has a bone spur in his right elbow, were to be left in Surprise when the Royals head to Milwaukee later Wednesday for a pair of exhibition games.

"Louie is a big, big part of our bullpen when healthy," manager Ned Yost said Wednesday. "Omar is a big part of our infield defense and our offensive lineup. We have to have a guy that can play second base if he can’t start out the season."

Infante hit .318 in 118 games last season with Detroit and agreed to a $30.25 million, four-year contract with the Royals. Pedro Ciriaco, who played with Kansas City, Boston and San Diego last year, could open at second base if Infante is not ready.

Coleman was 3-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 23 relief appearances last year.

Infante was to play second Wednesday and be a designated hitter the following day, both in minor-league exhibitions.

"I think Omar is going to be OK," Coleman said. That’s just my gut feeling."

Yost said the Royals might open with a six-man bullpen.