Updates from Sunday, May 18
Royals second baseman Omar Infante is eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday, but his return to baseball activity has been gradual. Infante played catch before Saturday’s game against the Orioles; he has yet to do anything more extensive.
Manager Ned Yost declined to say when Infante might be available.
'We’ll figure it out. We’ve got to see where he’s at first. He’s feeling much better.'
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
The Royals have released a statement on Omar Infante's injury status:
Overnight tests on Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante revealed he suffered a non-concussive head injury (continued)— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 8, 2014
Infante suffered a laceration on the lower left side of his face that required six stitches.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 8, 2014
He also incurred a sprain of his right jaw due to the impact of the pitch. The immediate plan is to evaluate him over the next 48 hours.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 8, 2014
Infante continued: Based on the Kansas City medical team’s initial diagnosis it does not appear he’ll miss a significant amount time.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 8, 2014
Infante continued: There is no determination at this time as to whether this will necessitate a stint on the disabled list.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 8, 2014
The Royals second baseman was hit in the chin by a pitch. CBS Sports' Eye on Baseball reported that Infante remained conscious, though, which is a good sign:
Omar Infante just took a Heath Bell pitch to what appeared to be mouth/chin area. Helped off field, never lost consciousness.— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) April 8, 2014
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Infante was bloodied by the hit-by-pitch, but was able to walk off the field:
#Royals Infante walks off field with help from trainers, towel to his face— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 8, 2014
Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City added manager Ned Yost's thoughts after the game:
#Royals Yost says he's definitely concerned that Infante is concussed, but more worried about a fractured jaw.— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier) April 8, 2014
Vernier tweeted that Heath Bell's pitch was clocked at 89 miles per hour:
The pitch that hit #Royals Infante's jaw was clocked at 89 MPH by PitchFX.— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier) April 8, 2014
Prior to exiting the game, Infante was 1-for-2 with a walk. Danny Valencia replaced him in the Royals' lineup.
There's no doubt that Infante will spend at least some time on the disabled list.
The good news is that he walked off the field under his own power and remained cognizant of his surroundings. The 32-year-old Venezuelan looks to have avoided what could've been a serious injury on Monday.