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3. Omar Infante
To be fair to Omar Infante, he is dealing with a bone spur in his elbow that will require offseason surgery. In the interim, he is attempting to play through the discomfort, making his way out on to the field in each of the first six games this season. Infante also has a four game hitting streak currently, so there are signs that he is breaking out of his malaise.
However, that four game hitting streak is not exactly the stuff of legends. In fact, Infante has exactly one hit in each of the last four games, getting his first extra base hit of the season yesterday. For the year, Infante has a .174/.174/.217 batting line with only that one double. Is this a bad week, or a sign of something more?
Defensively, it is apparent that Omar Infante’s elbow is bothering him. While he may not have had the strongest arm at second, Infante’s throws just do not look close to the same as last year. Hopefully, through rest and the occasional cortisone shot, he will be able to play through this injury, but it may be time to see more of Christian Colon at second.
Infante’s tenure with the Kansas City Royals has been riddled by an assortment of ailments, with the bone spur being the latest. Hopefully, he’ll be able to play through the pain.
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