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Infante indicated Thursday that he's "still not 100 percent," but is feeling better. However, he's yet to throw a ball hard, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

Infante is expected to be the starting second baseman heading into the 2015 season, but an extended absence will give others a chance to prove their worth in spring training. Infante was pretty good himself last season, batting .252/.295/.337 with six home runs and nine stolen bases. While he's still the favorite to begin the season as the club's second baseman, a strong spring performance from Christian Colon could throw a wrench into things.

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Infante said Thursday that his right shoulder and elbow feel fine, reports. "The shoulder is fine now," Infante said. "I don't really feel anything with [the elbow] either, maybe just a little bit. Not worried."

Infante was able to play through several nagging injuries last season but his performance suffered, both on offense and defense. While the shoulder was especially troublesome down the stretch and into the postseason, the issue did not require surgery and both Infante and manager Ned Yost seem unconcerned about the injury lingering into 2015. Infante hit and threw Wednesday and Thursday without any major issues.

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Royals GM Dayton Moore said Wednesday that he does not believe Infante will require surgery on his shoulder, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Infante battled shoulder issues throughout the entire season and admitted just last month that he feels "a lot of pain" when he swings, but it seems doctors have determined rest and rehabilitation will provide ample treatment for the injury. While the 32-year-old had four extra-base hits in the World Series, he had just a .632 OPS during the regular season, close to 80 points below his career mark of .711, and still has three years remaining on his contract.

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Infante may need offseason surgery to repair a shoulder injury, the Kansas City Star reports.

The shoulder discomfort first popped up in spring training and lingered on and off, resulting in just a .623 OPS for the season, Infante's lowest mark since 2005. He recently admitted that he feels "a lot of pain" when he swings in batting practice, and his teammates skip him when the ball sails around the horn in the infield. Further, Infante went 0-for-11 during the ALDS, but he is not expected to lose playing time during the Championship Series.

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Infante (shoulder) will start Saturday's game against the Indians, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

After testing the sore shoulder that held him out the past four games, Infante is able to manage hitting at the very least. It's unclear if he'll assume DH duty or return to his typical spot at second base.

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Infante has been dealing with shoulder inflammation and will miss the next three days, according to manager Ned Yost, AM 610's Josh Vernier reports.

Yost said Infante has been dealing with the inflammation for "two or three weeks," and given Infante's age (32 years old), it's not surprising the Royals will give him a few days to rest. Christian Colon will start at second base Tuesday.

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Infante is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, Josh Vernier of Fox Sports KC reports.

With Infante on the bench, Christian Colon will start at second base, while shortstop Alcides Escobar will move up in the order to bat second for manager Ned Yost on Tuesday night.

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Infante had himself a heck of a day at the plate in Tuesday's game against the Rockies, as he went 4-for-5 with three doubles, four RBI and a run scored.

Prior to Tuesday's outburst, Infante had been mired in a 4-for-37 slump. So, maybe this game can get him going. His .258/.297/.361 slash line in 407 at-bats this year still leaves a lot to be desired.

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Infante is out of the lineup Thursday against the Athletics, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Infante hasn't had a day off since July 6, so a maintenance day was likely overdue. Despite four multi-hit games in August, he's still hitting just .229 on the month, and .260 on the season. He logged hit No. 100 in Wednesday's game, but will rest Thursday in favor of Christian Colon.

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Infante went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI Wednesday in a 3-0 win over the A's.

Infante's long ball was all the offense the Royals would need behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher Jason Vargas. The 32-year-old was in a 1-for-16 slump before clutch performance Wednesday. He's hitting .260/.300/.362 on the year.