5/13/2014 9:50 P.M. ET
Infante lands on disabled list with back issues
Royals recall Ciriaco from Triple-A to help fill in for veteran second baseman
By Dick Kaegel and Jackson Alexander / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Second baseman Omar Infante's ailing back has put him on the 15-day disabled list, the Royals announced on Tuesday.
To replace Infante on the roster, the Royals recalled infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A.
Infante has missed the Royals' last five games because of back inflammation and Johnny Giavotella was called up from Omaha to replace him at second base in the past three games at Seattle.
"It's nothing bad," Infante said. "They think it's something muscular. I'm just feeling it there [in the lower back] and not feeling it in my leg. I feel in just the one spot."
Infante went to Kauffman Stadium on Monday's open date and tried taking some ground balls, but his back knotted up.
"He was feeling good, taking some swings in the cage," manager Ned Yost said. "Then, after 10 ground balls, it got real tight on him again and spasmed back up. We made the decision to go ahead and inject him [with cortisone], but he's still stiff and still experiencing back spasms. We're looking at it being another five days and we just felt we'd get protection on the infield."
Ciriaco was the best available option at shortstop to back up Alcides Escobar. Infante had been the fallback option to play shortstop.
The Royals' bullpen is short one pitcher, but the club opted to bypass calling up a reliever in favor of Ciriaco.
"We wanted somebody that could protect Escobar at short and also play second," Yost said before Tuesday night's game against the Rockies. "We can always go get a pitcher if we need it. I don't need it today, I've got [Danny] Duffy in the 'pen."
Duffy, though, is also scheduled to be the starting pitcher on Saturday against the Orioles so his availability is limited.
Giavotella was 2-for-11 in his three games at Seattle and his three-run homer proved to be the deciding factor in Sunday's 9-7 victory over the Mariners.
Ciriaco had a .305 average in 19 games for the Storm Chasers with eight extra-base hits and nine RBIs. He played in one game early this year for Kansas City. Over five Major League seasons with the Pirates, Red Sox, Padres and Royals, Ciriaco has been in 164 games and hit .277.
Infante, in his first season with Kansas City, has a .267 average and a team-high 19 RBIs in 30 games.
The disabled-list assignment was back-dated to Wednesday and Infante is confident his back will be OK by May 23 when he could be activated.
"It's happened to me before," Infante said. "Hopefully, I'll feel better in a week."
Paredes hits for cycle in Storm Chasers' win
KANSAS CITY -- Jimmy Paredes had a parade of hits and RBIs for Triple-A Omaha on Monday night in a 19-1 victory over New Orleans, a Marlins affiliate.
Paredes, an infielder-outfielder up with Kansas City briefly this season, had the first cycle in the four years that the Storm Chasers have played at Werner Park.
After going hitless in two at-bats, Paredes hit a grand slam in the fourth inning. The homer began the cycle in reverse order. He had a two-run triple in the sixth, a run-scoring double in the seventh and an RBI single in the eighth.
The eight RBIs were double Paredes' total of four in his 17 previous games for the Storm Chasers.
Paredes' eight RBIs were just the second-highest in a game this year for Omaha, however. Brett Eibner had nine in a game on April 9.
Royals raise $60,000 for Special Olympics
KANSAS CITY -- When it comes to golf, Alex Gordon is a pretty good baseball player so he skipped the Royals Charities Celebrity Golf tournament on the team's open date on Monday at the National Golf Club in Parkville, Mo.
"I would love to go, but I can't even hit the ball off the tee," Gordon said, smiling. "It's not fun for me, so I just stick to baseball."
Some of his teammates -- Jeremy Guthrie, Danny Duffy, Brett Hayes, Mike Moustakas, James Shields, Bruce Chen and Tim Collins -- did attend the sold-out event. So did former Royals player Mike Sweeney and several other alumni, along with bullpen catcher Cody Clark and manager Ned Yost.
The event raised $60,000 for the Special Olympics of KC Metro.
Duffy didn't swing a club, but he must have been a great team captain. His team won the tournament.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.