April 8, 2014 10:12 AM

Royals optimistic Omar Infante won’t miss much time after getting hit in jaw by pitch

Omar Infante avoided disaster on Monday evening thanks to an involuntary act: In the instant before Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell’s 89-mph fastball collided with his jaw, Infante opened his mouth. “If he would have had his jaws closed,” Royals manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday afternoon, “the odds of fracture would have been much greater.”

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