Royals place Omar Infante on DL with back injury

Royals second baseman Omar Infante is headed to the DL. (USATSI)
Royals second baseman Omar Infante is headed to the DL. (USATSI)

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The Royals have placed second baseman Omar Infante on the 15-day disabled list because of a lingering back injury. Infante, who had been hoping to avoid a roster move, hasn't played since May 6. To take Infante's spot on the 25-man, the Royals have purchased the contract of infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A Omaha. The team made the announcement on Tuesday. 

This season, Infante is batting .267/.326/.392 with two homers and three triples in 30 games. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 93 across parts of 13 major-league seasons. 

Infante is in the first year of a four-year, $30.25-million contract that also includes a team option for 2018. 

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