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Omar Infante hit his first home run in a Royals uniform Tuesday.

It was just the second home run the team has hit as a whole through its first 12 games. Infante also recorded another RBI on a ground out and finished with two runs scored as well. The offense around him has been scuffling, but Infante owns a .297 average in the early going as he adjusts to his new surroundings.

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Omar Infante (jaw) is back in the Royals' lineup Friday.

However, he could be scratched if he feels unwell after going through pre-game drills. Infante, who was hit in the face by a Heath Bell pitch Monday, has been fitted with a custom helmet to protect his jaw.

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Omar Infante has a sprained jaw, required six stitches, and suffered a "non-concussive head injury."

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Omar Infante is undergoing tests for a possible broken jaw and a concussion.

He was also given stitches to close a laceration created when he was struck on the left side of his face with a Heath Bell fastball Monday. Obviously, the disabled list is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point, but how much time Infante might miss won't be determined until he goes through the aforementioned tests. Johnny Giavotella could get a look at second base if Infante is out for a while.

Omar Infante 2B KC 10 Days

Omar Infante left Monday's game against the Rays after being hit in the left jaw by a Heath Bell fastball.

It was a scary sight, as Royals trainers were holding a towel to Infante's face to stop the bleeding as best they could. The second baseman was able to walk off the field but needed some assistance. The Royals should provide an update on Infante's status later Monday.

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Omar Infante (elbow) is in the Royals' starting lineup for Monday's season-opener versus the Tigers.

Infante told reporters Sunday that he still feels a pinch in his inflamed right elbow when he tries to throw, but he's been cleared to play through the discomfort and will do just that on Opening Day. The full starting lineup for the Royals: RF Norichika Aoki, 2B Omar Infante, 1B Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, LF Alex Gordon, C Salvador Perez, 3B Mike Moustakas, CF Lorenzo Cain, SS Alcides Escobar.

Omar Infante 2B KC 18 Days

Omar Infante (elbow) has been cleared to start at second base on Opening Day.

Infante admitted Sunday that he still feels a pinch in his right elbow when he swings and throws, but it won't be enough to keep him out of the lineup. However, it is possible that he'll be affected at the plate, so fantasy owners might be wise to have an alternative at second base early on.

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Omar Infante (elbow) will meet the Royals in Detroit and is expected to start on Opening Day.

Infante remained behind in Arizona while the team traveled to Milwaukee to get some more work in, and the extra time seemed to help. Pedro Ciriaco will also make the Opening Day roster, so it's obvious the Royals don't plan to push Infante too hard too soon. Still, it's good news that the second baseman will be on the field when the season starts.

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Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that he's not sure whether Omar Infante (elbow) will be ready for Opening Day.

"Right now, I don't have any feel for it one way or the other," Yost said. Infante is nursing a sore right elbow and asked to remain back in Arizona in the warm weather rather than travel with the club to exhibition games in Milwaukee. The Royals will make a decision about the second baseman's status on Sunday. Pedro Ciriaco would handle second if Infante needs a DL stint.

Omar Infante 2B KC 20 Days

Omar Infante (elbow) remained at the Royals' spring training complex in Arizona rather than travel with the team for their weekend exhibition games in Milwaukee.

As Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes, the news is "not too encouraging" for Infante's chances at being ready for Opening Day. Infante has played in minor league games the last few days but has admitted that his elbow still isn't 100 percent. Yet, manager Ned Yost had previously been bullish on the second baseman's odds of being available for the opener. The Royals should provide an update on Infante's status later Friday.