Yost being cautious with Infante's sore shoulder

Yost being cautious with Infante's sore shoulder

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals second baseman Omar Infante was not scheduled to play for the second straight day Saturday and it turns out his throwing shoulder is giving him trouble.

"His shoulder is a little stiff. If it was the season, absolutely he'd be playing but with the rain and the weather the way it is, let the trainers get it all the way out of there," manager Ned Yost said.

Infante, who played four innings and went 0-for-2 in the Cactus League opener Thursday, also was not on the travel roster for Sunday's game against the Cubs at Mesa.

So it'll be a while before the Royals' new double-play combination gets together for the first time in a game. Shortstop Alcides Escobar hasn't played yet in a Cactus League game because he's in Miami for the birth of his son.

Yost downplayed the Infante ailment.

"If it was the regular season he'd be playing but it's one of those Spring Training things that you don't want to push," Yost said.

Johnny Giavotella started at second base against the Padres.

Relief pitcher Louis Coleman, who has a jammed middle finger on his pitching hand, threw a side session Friday with no problems. However, he's been scratched for his scheduled first outing Monday against the White Sox.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.