Ned Yost sounds optimistic about second baseman Omar Infante’s progression back from a bone spur in his right elbow, but the manager conceded it’s possible the Royals could leave Infante in Arizona to play in minor-league games while the team travels to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Infante felt a slight pinch in his elbow while swinging on Saturday. He completed a round of batting practice on Sunday, and the Royals scheduled a full workout for him on Monday. If he passes that test, Yost plans to play him in a minor-league game on Tuesday.
“Because I can control more there,” he said.
Plus, if Infante experiences a hiccup, he can still have his stint on the disabled list backdated. If he gets hurt in a big-league game, he won’t be available until 15 days later.
“I’ve got different ways I could do it,” Yost said. “I could leave him here to play in the minor leagues through Saturday. You can get him at-bats. And then fly to Detroit for the workout.
“Or he can play tomorrow, the next day and DH on (Wednesday). And then fly out and be in Milwaukee for Friday’s game and Saturday’s game.
“But we’ll just see how it goes, before we decide which one of those two options, A or B, we will select.”
Incidentally: Bruce Chen will stay back in Surprise during the weekend. He’ll pitch in a minor-league game. Jason Vargas starts Friday night at Miller Park. Yordano Ventura and Jeremy Guthrie will split Saturday afternoon’s game.