Just when you thought the KC Royals would start spring training 2015 quietly, word comes out that second baseman Omar Infante has an elbow issue. While it is considered minor (inflammation), Infante was hurt for most of the 2014 season (including spring training).
Infante is in the second year of his four-year (back-loaded) contract. It was a contract the Royals were trying to move this offseason, but had no takers. If Infante continues to struggle to stay healthy, look for Christian Colon to sneak in and take his job.
If Infante were to miss any time, the door would be open for someone like Whit Merrifield to sneak onto the Opening Day roster.
More Royals news:
- Alex Gordon would love to stay in Kansas City. Problem is, he isn’t sure he will pick up his option for 2016. Will he become a free agent after this season?
Many feel that the Royals will have to give Gordon the largest contract in the franchise’s history to keep him in KC. The New York Post said over the winter that Gordon could break the region’s heart if he bolts for free agency.
I’d like to see Gordon stay, but where his contract hampers the team in the long run. The Royals have depth in the outfield up and down their minor league system and someone could easily take his spot in left field. I am just not sure any have the work ethic or defensive skill that he does.
- Mitch Maier, who attempted a comeback last season with Double-A NW Arkansas, is transitioning into the coaching ranks this spring. Despite signing a minor league contract with the Royals in December, he is learning the coaching craft by following along with Rusty Kuntz, the Royals outfield instructor.
Maier is expected to help out when the big league team is home and then work with the minor leaguers when the Royals are on the road.
- Rule V pick Jandel Gustave impressed manager Ned Yost during his first bullpen session.