• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Royals' Omar Infante officially ruled out for rest of regular season

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks with a Grade 1 oblique strain, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Manager Ned Yost had said Infante would likely be out "for a while" after suffering the injury Friday, but this timetable effectively eliminates any hope Infante had of returning during the regular season. Ben Zobrist continues to fill in at second base with Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert serving as the team's utility middle-infield options.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Royals' Omar Infante could miss the rest of 2015 with oblique strain

    Royals manager Ned Yost said that second baseman Omar Infante would be out "for a while" after suffering a left oblique strain Friday night, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. When Infante was excluded from Saturday's lineup, it wasn't immediately known how severe Infante's injury was, but the early indications seem to suggest the second baseman will be out for multiple weeks. The Royals will send Infante in for an MRI on Monday, with the expectation being that he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season, likely resulting in his absence from the postseason roster. Despite exploding for seven RBI Thursday against the Indians, Infante's role was likely to be marginalized in October now that Alex Gordon's return from the DL has resulted in Ben Zobrist moving back to second base.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante remains out Saturday

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante (oblique) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Tigers. The Royals lost both of their middle infielders to injury in Friday's game, as shortstop Alcides Escobar also exited after taking a pitch to the elbow. Both players will be out of the lineup Saturday, but with super-utilityman Ben Zobrist on hand and the infield well stocked with September call-ups, the Royals should be able to manage just fine with the absences. Infante is being regarded as day to day, but don't be surprised if he misses multiple games with the mild oblique strain.

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    Royals 2B Omar Infante leaves game with oblique strain

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante left Friday's game against the Tigers with a left oblique strain, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. A day after his monster seven-RBI game, Infante went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being lifted in the bottom of the fifth inning. It turns out he strained his oblique, and while a timetable for his return was not immediately provided, it's the type of injury which could threaten Infante's availability at least for the rest of the regular season, depending on the severity.

  • by CBSSports.com Staff | CBSSports.com

    Royals' Omar Infante homers, plates seven in win over Indians

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante had a career day on Thursday, as he went 3 for 4 with a home run and a career-high seven RBI in a win over the Indians. Infante got a lot of criticism earlier in the season for nearly making the All-Star game thanks to Kansas City fans stuffing the ballots, but he looked like an All-Star on Thursday. He barely missed the cut though and rightfully so, as his numbers are far from spectacular. Infante now maintains a subpar .221/.235/.320 slash line in 438 at-bats this season.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Yost: Ben Zobrist to soon start at 2B over Omar Infante for Royals

    It appears all but certain that light-hitting Omar Infante will be the odd man out of the Royals lineup when Alex Gordon returns from injury. As expected, Ned Yost has stated that Ben Zobrist will play mostly second base when Gordon is ready, per the Kansas City Star. Infante has not found his stride at the plate all season. The result is a .217 average, which if maintained would be the lowest of his career. The versatile Zobrist, who can play all over the field, will likely continue to give others occasional days off as the Royals cruise to the division title.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Yost: Royals 2B Omar Infante (back) ready to play if needed

    Ned Yost has declared that the ailing back of Royals second baseman Omar Infante is improved and that he's ready for action, but he remains out of the lineup Thursday in Boston. "No reason to push it right now," Yost told MLB.com. The addition of hot-hitting Ben Zobrist makes pushing Infante back unnecessary. In fact, the light-hitting Infante could find himself benched permanently in favor of Zobrist once Alex Gordon returns from injury. Infante owns a weak .216/.232/.298 slash line on the year.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Royals scratch Omar Infante from Tuesday's contest

    Back spasms caused the Royals to scratch infielder Omar Infante from Tuesday's game against at Cincinnati, reports The Kansas City Star. "He's got back spasms, back locked up on him a little bit," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "Couple of days, [we'll] go day to day with it." Infante was replaced at second base by Ben Zobrist. Infante is hitting .145 with one home run and seven RBI in his last 18 starts.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Royals' Omar Infante gets day off on Sunday

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante isn't in the starting lineup on Sunday, after 108 starts there that season. Ben Zobrist starts at second in his place for the second straight game. Replacing Zobrist in left for the second striaght game is Paulo Orlando.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    2B Omar Infante hitting eighth for Royals

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante drops down to the eighth spot in the lineup for the team's contest against the Indians, the first time since July 1 that Infante has hit in that position. Since then, Infante has jumped around the Royals' lineup, most recently spending a stretch hitting seventh. Infante is only hitting .218 in July, but he does have eight hits in his last 10 games.