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2. Omar Infante
Somehow, mainly because the Kansas City Royals faithful have done a tremendous job of stuffing the ballot box, Omar Infante is second in All-Star votes at second base. Judging by his performance thus far, his inclusion in the All-Star Game would be quite the shock to everyone.
Infante has struggled with the bat for most of the season, and last week was no exception. In his 19 at bats, Infante had two hits, both singles. He neither scored nor drove in a run, and struck out three times. It was, unfortunately, the type of week that we have come to expect from Infante this year.
We do know that Infante is battling injuries. He will eventually undergo surgery on his elbow in the offseason. However, given his lackluster performance at the plate, one has to wonder how much longer Ned Yost and the Royals can keep sending him out there every day, especially with an option like Christian Colon playing relatively well thus far.
If Omar Infante keeps struggling, it may be a matter of time before the Royals give Colon more of an extended look at second. At this point, one has to wonder how long that will take.
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