"It's the third time it happened," Infante said, "but it hit me in a different spot. I'll have to see the hand specialist tomorrow, and I'll have another [opinion]."
Infante had similar injuries before the 2008 season and in the middle of the 2009 season, both as a member of the Braves. Each of those injuries required surgery, the infielder said. Avoiding surgery this time would be a relief for Infante, especially if he can come back at full strength in Spring Training and keep his hold on the second-base job in Detroit.
Infante was one of the Tigers' few good hitters in the World Series, going 5-for-15, but he was stranded on the basepaths each time. He continued that in Game 4 with a leadoff single in the fifth inning, then stepped up in the ninth with two outs against Santiago Casilla.
With a 2-1 count, Infante caught a 94-mph fastball that rode in on his hands, leaving him little time to react. He knew immediately it was bad.
"The X-rays showed it's cracked," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He was obviously in a lot of pain. Obviously when you get hit with one like that, plus the cold weather, that's a tough take. But he's got a long time to recuperate, obviously."