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Royals manager Ned Yost sticks with Omar Infante despite slow start

Omar Infante
Omar Infante The Kansas City Star

Omar Infante entered Thursday’s game with Chicago as the lone Royal yet to notch a hit on the season. Manager Ned Yost stuck with Infante for the series finale, and he notched a single in his first at-bat during the Royals’ 4-1 win.

But before the game, Yost conceded he will look to get backup infielder Christian Colon more involved in the lineup as the season progresses. Infante is one for 11 on the season.

“I think Omar’s having decent at-bats,” Yost said. “He’s hit some balls hard. But we’ve got to get him going a little bit. And then we’ll just mix and match.”

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost discusses the team's intensity, power, and manufacturing runs prior to the start of their home game with the Chicago White Sox Thursday.

Colon’s primary position is second base. He can also play third base, and is available as an emergency option at shortstop. The team may have once considered Colon as a potential platoon partner with Mike Moustakas at third, but the club sounds confident Moustakas has offensively turned a corner.

So Yost will keep his eye open for opportunities to play Colon.

“Days when Moose needs a day off, days when Omar needs a day off. We can play him at third,” Yost said. “We can play him at short. If we’ve got to pinch-run late in the game in a close game, we can insert him.”

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