If Christian Colon is to take over as the Kansas City Royals second baseman this season, he could have a prime opportunity to stake a claim to the position when Spring Training games begin.
Of the possible openings on the Kansas City Royals roster, perhaps the most interesting battle involves the question of who will play second base. There, we have Omar Infante, who has struggled through two injury plagued seasons, facing off against Christian Colon, who is looking to prove that he is more than a major league bench option.
For now, Colon will have the first chance to prove that he can man second base. As it turns out, Infante’s surgery to take care of the bone spur in his elbow was more extensive than originally thought, keeping him off the field for at least the first week of Spring Training games.
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As Colon may have been behind the eight ball in terms of the competition for the starting spot simply because of salary, the delay to Infante’s time in the field could be his best chance. Naturally, Colon will need to impress during those seven to ten days, but if he can hit the ball well, he could have a chance to stake a claim in the starting lineup.
Likewise, given Infante’s injury concerns, this time off the field may be a red flag. While Flanagan’s tweet does not indicate that Infante cannot swing a bat, it will be interesting to see what he looks like in the batter’s box once the games begin down in Arizona. Should the struggles from the past two seasons persist, Colon’s window of opportunity could get a little bit wider.
The Kansas City Royals have proclaimed the starting second base position to be an open competition. Depending on how Christian Colon performs over the first week or two of Spring Training games, that statement could be put to the test.