Alex Gordon ready to begin rehab assignment

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On the disabled list with a broken right thumb suffered early in spring training, Alex Gordon is now scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A.
Gordon is eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday, but MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel reports that he won’t be ready quite that soon. Willie Bloomquist filled in for Gordon at third base yesterday, but Alberto Callaspo is expected to be the primary replacement assuming he recovers from an oblique injury of his own.
Getting back into the lineup soon is crucial for Gordon, because this could be a make-or-break year for the former No. 2 overall pick. He’s battled injuries while hitting just .250 with a .331 on-base percentage and .415 slugging percentage through three seasons in the majors and at this point the Royals would probably be thrilled if the one-time elite prospect simply developed into a solid regular.

Fernando Rodney gives up walk-off homer to Gary Sanchez

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The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.

In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.

Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.

The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.