Royals impressed with Infante's perseverance

Second baseman battled various injuries last season

Royals impressed with Infante's perseverance

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals second baseman Omar Infante had one of the most demanding physical seasons of his career in 2014.

Infante battled through shoulder issues, elbow issues and back issues. He was nailed in the face by a pitch. His right arm throbbed throughout September and the postseason.

Infante hit by pitch

Yet Infante gutted it out anyway. He managed to play in 135 regular-season games, the third highest total of his 13-year career. He also played in all 15 postseason games.

"He just did a phenomenal job for us with all he had to go through," manager Ned Yost said. "Our training staff also did a great job of getting him ready [down the stretch]."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.