Omar Infante was the worst hitter in baseball last season while dealing with arm problems and FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the veteran infielder underwent surgery in November to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
News of the surgery was previously unreported, but Infante has had lingering arm problems during his two seasons with the Royals. It’s believed that he changed his throwing motion to compensate for the elbow, which caused a shoulder issue. The expectation is that he’ll be good to go for the start of spring training.
Among players with at least 450 plate appearances, Infante’s .552 OPS was the lowest in the majors last season. He took on a diminished role after the Ben Zobrist trade and was left off the playoff roster after suffering an oblique injury in September. However, with Zobrist now in Chicago, Infante is expected to serve as the starting second baseman again in 2016. The 34-year-old is guaranteed $17.75 million over the next two seasons.