Omar Infante received a day off on Saturday, and Royals manager Ned Yost intended to give his second baseman another day off on Sunday. Yost acknowledged the season-long slump of Infante when explaining his rationale.
“He’s been really grinding, been really working hard, trying to get it going,” Yost said. “He’s been so good defensively. But it’s been a struggle for him offensively.”
With Ben Zobrist on the roster, the Royals could use him as their regular second baseman. But Yost has yet to indicate that Infante will lose playing time when Alex Gordon returns from the disabled list and reclaims left field.
With his .529 on-base plus slugging percentage, Infante ranked last among the 154 players qualified for the batting title heading into Saturday’s games. The Royals owe Infante $17.75 million in 2016 and 2017.