Infante considering surgery on right elbow

Infante considering surgery on right elbow

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals second baseman Omar Infante told MLB.com on Friday he is considering having surgery on his troublesome bone spur in his right elbow.

Infante has been troubled by pain and inflammation caused by the spur for two-plus years. He received a cortisone shot to reduce the inflammation last season, and he received another last week. Infante has returned to the Royals' lineup as the designated hitter in the past two days, and he could resume throwing activities Saturday.

Asked if he considered having the surgery after last offseason, Infante said, "I'm thinking about it after this season -- right after this season. I want it to get better."

The recovery time for shaving the spur can be anywhere from six to 12 weeks.

Infante battled through numerous injuries from elbow and shoulder discomfort to a back strain in 2014. He also endured being hit in the jaw with a pitch early in the season. Still, Infante played in 135 games, his third-highest total during his 13-year career.

Infante, who is in the second year of a four-year, $30.25 million deal with the Royals, said his elbow is feeling better now after the cortisone shot.

"No pain while I'm batting," Infante said. "It's better."

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.