Omar Infante wants to join his new Royals teammates on March 31 in Detroit. But he does not know if he can. Opening Day is less than a week away, and Infante still feels discomfort in his right elbow.
Infante played five innings in a minor-league game on Tuesday. He worked a walk and scored a run. He completed two throws.
And he still felt a lingering “pinch” when he threw and when he hit, he said. Over the weekend, he said he only felt the grab when he swung a bat.
“I’m still not 100 percent,” Infante said, before insisting that his condition was improving.
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“I’ll try to play tomorrow, too,” he said. “Maybe I’ll feel better.”
Manager Ned Yost plans to bring Infante with the team to Milwaukee for a two-game exhibition series that starts Friday. Infante will play in minor-league games here on Wednesday and Thursday. In the second game, he would only take at-bats as the designated hitter.
“We’re just playing it really day to day right now,” Yost said. “But I think he’s going to be fine.”