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Royals place Omar Infante on the disabled list

May 13, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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After sitting out the past week while being day-to-day with a back injury second baseman Omar Infante is headed to the disabled list and the Royals have called up Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.

Infante previously missed some time last month after being hit in the face with a pitch. He’s hit .267 with two homers and a .717 OPS through 30 games of a four-year, $30.25 million contract signed this offseason.

Johnny Giavotella has been subbing for Infante at second base and figures to continue seeing most of the action there, as Ciriaco is a journeyman utility-caliber player who lacks upside at age 28. Giavotella has yet do much in the majors and he’s now too old to be a prospect, but he’s a career .320 hitter in 323 games at Triple-A.

  1. sportsdrenched - May 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    …and no demotion of Mike Moustakas to AAA.

  2. mdyoung1971 - May 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    That was some wishful thinking by some of Moose’s detractors. Our last superstar third baseman was not an immediate success either. He really didn’t hit his stride until 1975, his third season. That third baseman was Hall of Famer George Brett. So, in all fairness, this is only Moose’s second full season. The expectations have been so overhyped, and impossible to meet unless he could actually perform like Brett.

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