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Royals rumors: Omar Infante had surgery in November

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The procedure was to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

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Kansas City infielder Omar Infante had surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.

The procedure was reportedly in November, and Morosi notes Infante is expected to be healthy by the time pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training next month.

Although the Royals did not announce Infante was having a procedure at the time he was, the club is "confident" the surgery will prevent any further shoulder issues. Infante has been plagued by shoulder issues over the last two seasons with the Royals.

While he was injured, Infante "altered his throwing motion to compensate for the elbow pain, thus creating a shoulder problem," according to Morosi.

Infante, 34, struggled offensively last season, batting .220/.234/.318 to complement two home runs and 44 RBIs over 124 games. He missed the Royals' last 15 games of the regular season and was sidelined throughout the entire postseason after straining his oblique in September.

When Infante signed a four-year deal with the Royals in 2013, the club was likely expecting consistent production. Infante batted .252 to complement six home runs and 66 RBIs in 2014 after batting .318 with the Tigers in 2013.

Before last July's non-waiver trade deadline, the Royals acquired Ben Zobrist at second base, giving the club the ability to allow Infante to recover fully. Zobrist had a notable amount of success in Kansas City, but he signed with the Cubs earlier this off-season. As a result, more pressure will likely be placed on Infante to both produce and remain healthy.

The Royals have expressed interest in Alex Gordon and are hoping to add an outfielder and pitching depth this winter. As a result, adding a second baseman might not be realistic.

Infante should emerge as the favorite to be Kansas City's second baseman next season, but if he struggles or cannot remain healthy, other options will likely be considered.