Unsurprisingly, the Royals made the decision Sunday to option former starting third baseman Alex Gordon to Triple-A Omaha.
Gordon spent the first two weeks of the 2010 season on the disabled list and hit just .194 with a .323 slugging percentage in 31 at-bats once he regained his health. All the while, Alberto Callaspo has jumped out to a hot start and has rightfully earned the Royals’ starting third base gig. Perhaps Gordon, 26, will find his stroke down in Triple-A and return to the big leagues as a useful utility player. Or maybe not. Big-time busts are far from a rarity in the baseball world.
Gordon, as some may remember, was the second overall pick in baseball’s first-year player draft back in 2005. Justin Upton was selected at No. 1 by the Diamondbacks.
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.
The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.
Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.