Infante inching closer to debuting in the field

Second baseman served as designated hitter Monday after return from elbow surgery

March 8th, 2016
Omar Infante will be the DH again Wednesday and could play second by the end of the week. (AP)

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals infielder Omar Infante continues to make progress and is on track to play the field in a Cactus League game for the first time later this week.

Infante, who had surgery to shave down a bone spur in his right elbow during the offseason, went 0-for-4 in his Cactus League debut as a designated hitter against the Cubs on Monday. He will DH again in a split-squad game Wednesday and could play defense in a game in "the next couple of days," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

"We'll see how he gets through [Tuesday]," Yost said. "We are going day by day. He got through yesterday all right. We'll see how he feels today and re-evaluate day by day. He's getting close."

Infante, 34, is competing with Christian Colon for the starting job at second base. Colon is hitless in his first 11 at-bats entering Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

"I'm progressing little by little, but I'm getting there," Infante said. "I'll be at 100 percent soon."