Shortly before losing the 2012 World Series to the San Francisco Giants, the Detroit Tigers suffered the loss of second baseman Omar Infante to a broken hand. Infante was struck by a pitch on his left hand while batting in the bottom half of the ninth inning during Game 4 of the Series. He was replaced by Danny Worth, but an inning later, the game and the Series ended with a Giants sweep.
The second baseman was one of the few bright spots for the Tigers in their meeting with San Francisco, collecting five hits in fifteen at-bats before his injury. 2012 marked Infante's second tour of duty with the Tigers, as he was re-acquired by the franchise that first brought him to the Major Leagues on July 23, in a deal that also brought Anibel Sanchez to Detroit from the Miami Marlins.
The 32-year-old Venezuelan native was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the left hand after being hit by a pitch from the Giants' Santiago Casilla. Surgery was not required, and Infante has been rehabbing the hand. MLB.com reports that as of December 27, his rehab is on schedule. Infante, listed as the starting second baseman on the Tigers current depth chart, expects to be ready for spring training.
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