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Royals’ Danny Valencia avoids broken bone, sits out with sprained hand

Royals third baseman Danny Valencia tags out the Angels David Freese in a rundown between third and second base in the 10th inning of a Saturday’s baseball game in Anaheim, Calif.
Royals third baseman Danny Valencia tags out the Angels David Freese in a rundown between third and second base in the 10th inning of a Saturday’s baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. AP

Danny Valencia and the Royals received a dose of good news late on Saturday night, when X-rays on his sore left hand were negative. Valencia feared he fractured the hamate bone, but instead suffered a sprain.

"It’s pretty sore today," Valencia said. "Just hopefully it dies down quickly."

Valencia expects to miss "a few days," he said. In his absence, Jimmy Paredes will start at third base. He hit .326 with an .843 on-base plus slugging percentage with Class AAA Omaha. He is a switch hitter.

Valencia injured himself during his last at-bat in the 13th inning on Saturday night. He stayed in the game and doubled to spark the winning rally. He endured plenty of ribbing for his plight the next morning, as an electronic stimulation machine provided treatment for his hand.

"I very highly don’t think it’s a DL thing," manager Ned Yost said.

INFANTE ON THE WAY BACK

Yost hopes second baseman Omar Infante (lower back inflammation) can rejoin the team during this upcoming series at home against Houston. Infante played the field on Saturday night as part of a rehab stint, and expected to do so again on Sunday.

AOKI SITS OUT

Nori Aoki rested his sore left elbow on Sunday afternoon. He was still feeling the effects of a C.J. Wilson fastball from Friday night. Lorenzo Cain moved to right, and Jarrod Dyson started in center.

"I look for him to be back in the lineup tomorrow," Yost said.

MARIOT CHECKS BACK IN

After absorbing seven relief innings on Saturday, the bullpen needed a fresh arm. The reinforcement was right hander Michael Mariot. To make room on the roster, the team optioned catcher Francisco Pena back to Omaha.

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