Ned Yost says moving Omar Infante out of No. 2 spot in KC Royals’ lineup would be ‘kind of dumb’


Two notes from Tuesday’s Royals lineup at Comerica Park:

1. Omar Infante has hit .218 with a .535 OPS since the All-Star Break. He has been dogged by shoulder and back trouble for most of the season. So why does Ned Yost continue to bat him at No. 2 each day?

Yost feels he lacks a qualified replacement candidate. He rejected the idea of moving Alex Gordon into the No. 2 spot, with the rest of the middle of the order shifting down one slot. He also expressed confidence in the simplicity of Infante’s swing, despite the lack of recent evidence of life in it.

Plus, Yost dislikes deviating from what he considers a winning formula. “We’ve gone this whole streak with him hitting second,” he said.

Yost continued, “This time of year, changing one guy, or moving one guy up, isn’t going to dramatically increase our offense. It’s kind of dumb to start doing that, in my opinion, when we’ve gone on such a good run, with the lineup the way it is. We’ll continue to battle through it.”

2. Josh Willingham returns to the D.H. spot. Yost chose him over Billy Butler and Carlos Peguero. “We got Josh for these types of games,” he said.

Here are the lineups as Jason Vargas (11-7, 3.14 ERA) faces Max Scherzer (15-5, 3.25 ERA):

ROYALS (79-63)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Alex Gordon, LF.

4. Salvador Perez, C.

5. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

6. Josh Willingham, DH.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

TIGERS (79-65)

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B.

2. Torii Hunter, RF.

3. Miguel Cabrera, DH.

4. Victor Martinez, 1B.

5. J.D. Martinez, LF.

6. Nick Castellanos, 3B.

7. Alex Avila, C.

8. Andrew Romine, SS.

9. Rajai Davis, CF.

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