Royals demote Alex Gordon to the minor leagues

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alex gordon headshot royals.jpgUnsurprisingly, 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.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.