Alcides Escobar rose from his seat on a bucket behind home plate and trotted toward his position at shortstop. As his teammates took batting practice, he bent to scoop grounders swatted at him by Royals instructor Jason Kendall. Instead of throwing, Escobar deposited the balls in a neat pile near his feet.

The Royals opted for a more cautious tack with Escobar, who is recovering from a cortisone shot designed to eradicate inflammation from his right shoulder. The team intended to play him in a big-league game on Wednesday, but now will put him through a battery of tests and minor-league games before he can rejoin his teammates on Saturday.

“I’m at peace with where we’re at right now,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “But it’s never a good thing when your everyday shortstop’s not in the lineup.”

The timing is disheartening for the club — and so are the extenuating circumstances. A few hours after manager Ned Yost revealed Escobar’s adjusted timetable, the team scratched second baseman Omar Infante from Monday’s game due to soreness in his right elbow. Infante had recently returned from his own bout of shoulder inflammation.

A team spokesman indicated Infante was considered “day to day.” The Royals have Tuesday off. Infante was not available in the clubhouse while reporters were present before the game.

The dueling middle-infield injuries call into question the organization’s prescribed roster construction. The team had appeared likely to break camp without a backup middle infielder. Yost admitted before the game he planned to carry Jarrod Dyson and Justin Maxwell as extra outfielders. Danny Valencia is considered the probable occupant of the final roster spot.