Spring training news and notes

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).

Royals second baseman Omar Infante against SD during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals second baseman Omar Infante against SD during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

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:

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.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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