Royals second baseman Omar Infante has been diagnosed with a sprain on the right side of his jaw as well as a "non-concussive head injury," the Royals announced. He also needed six stitches. Infante was hit by a pitch in the face on Monday night and a concussion was feared. Here is the video.
"Based on the Kansas City medical team's initial diagnosis, it does not appear he'll miss a significant amount of time," said a team spokesperson to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. The Royals will evaluate Infante over the next 48 hours before deciding whether to place him on the DL.
Infante, 32, signed a four-year, $30.5 million contract with the Royals over the winter. He had gone 8-for-23 (.348) in six games before the injury. Infante was bothered by an elbow problem during spring training.
While their starting second baseman is on the shelf, the Royals figure to go with converted third baseman Danny Valencia at the position. Johnny Giavotella is another option.