Royals waiting to see Infante play defense

Bothered by sore right elbow, second baseman relegated to designated-hitter duty

Royals waiting to see Infante play defense

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It is getting near that time when the Royals simply have to start seeing if second baseman Omar Infante is fit to play a game in the field.

Infante, who recently had a cortisone shot to relieve inflammation in his right elbow, has yet to patrol second base in a Cactus League game this spring. He has been restricted to designated-hitter duty.

Infante did begin a throwing program last weekend.

"He's extending it and he's progressing," manager Ned Yost said. "We'll just have to keep checking on how he's doing and when he'll be ready."

The Royals, though, are less than three weeks away from Opening Day and need to know if Infante will be ready by then.

"We're getting to the point where we have to see him in a game [defensively]," Yost said. "That needs to happen within a week or so.

"If we can get him in 10 games or so down here, that should work."

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.