Royals second baseman Omar Infante admitted this week that he's still feeling a pain in the front of his shoulder that's been lingering all year. The former All-Star will get it checked out in the offseason to determine whether surgery is necessary, according to Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star on Thursday.
The 32-year-old, in his first year with Kansas City, went hitless in the Royals' ALDS win over the Angels. In the second half of the season, he's had just one home run and a .553 OPS.
He talked about the shoulder issue this week:
“When I swing in BP, I feel a lot of pain. I can’t swing really hard. I feel bad, because all year, I’ve felt something.”
Infante is now at the tail-end of a rough year on his body. He first experienced the shoulder pain in spring training, and also had elbow issues at the time. He was hit in the face by a pitch in April and then sat out in May with a back issue. Infante received an injection in the back of his shoulder this summer but it's apparently back and has shifted to the front of the shoulder, according to McCullough.
Infante came to Kansas City on a four-year, $30.25 million deal last winter. On the season, he's batting .252 with six homers and 66 RBI in 135 games.
- Marc Weinreich