After three days on a rehabilitation assignment, second baseman Omar Infante rejoined the Royals for Monday evening’s series opener against Houston. He is back in his primary position and will bat second.
Infante played two games in the field with Class AAA Omaha to test his lower back. A spate of spasms had kept him out of action since May 6.
"I don’t feel anything," Infante said before the game.
To make room on the roster, the Royals optioned reliever Casey Coleman back to Omaha.
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Manager Ned Yost indicated he was not worried about a recurrence of the symptoms.
"We may have to monitor his games in Toronto," Yost said. "Because that turf is tough on his back. But we’ll just go day to day with him, and see where he’s at."
CHEN THROWS SIM GAME
Bruce Chen (bulging disk in lower back) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game. He felt little discomfort during the session. Even more encouraging, he said, was a return of his command. Chen had felt inexact in his previous times on the mound.
"Now I’m just rusty," Chen said. "Before, I didn’t know where the ball was going."
Chen expects to throw another bullpen session as his next step. The team has yet to reveal when he will begin a rehab assignment. Upon his return, Chen will likely move into the bullpen.