After missing two months with a groin injury All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon is off the disabled list and back on the Royals’ active roster for the final month of the season.
Kansas City kept rolling along without Gordon and enters September with an AL-best 80-50 record, but having him healthy for the playoffs is a huge key for the Royals.
Gordon hit .279 with 11 homers and an .852 OPS in 78 games before the injury, making his third consecutive All-Star game at age 31. In addition to being one of the Royals’ best hitters he’s also a fantastic defensive left fielder, winning four straight Gold Glove awards.
Royals manager Ned Yost says it’s “reasonable” to expect Alex Gordon to come off of the 15-day disabled list and rejoin the team on Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Gordon has been on the disabled list since July 9 due to a Grade 2 groin strain. The three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner was batting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI in 312 plate appearances prior to the injury.
The Royals enter play tonight 79-49, 13 games ahead of the Twins in first place in the AL Central.
The Royals own the best record in the American League at 73-46. And they are about to get even stronger.
According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Royals manager Ned Yost said this afternoon that Alex Gordon will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Omaha.
Gordon has been sidelined since July 8 with a Grade 2 strain of his left groin. There’s no clear timetable in regard to how many rehab games he’ll need, but it’s reasonable to expect him to return around when rosters expand on September 1.
Gordon was having one of his best seasons at the plate prior to the injury, batting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI over 78 games. Ben Zobrist has seen some playing time in left field since coming over from the Athletics at the trade deadline, but he figures to be the regular second baseman down the stretch.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will begin a rehab assignment this weekend, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Gordon has been out since July 9 after suffering a Grade 2 groin strain. If all goes well, the Royals could get Gordon back by the end of the month.
Gordon, 31, was hitting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI prior to the injury, resulting in a nomination to the American League All-Star team for the third consecutive season. The 70-46 Royals lead the AL Central by 11.5 games over the Twins, so they’re near-locks to win the division. But the Royals would still like to get him back to remove any doubt and to give him enough playing time to remove any rust.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon made a significant stride Saturday in his recovery from a Grade 2 left groin strain, taking live batting practice on the field at Kauffman Stadium. It was his first live BP session since he landed on the disabled list on July 8.
“I still have a while,” Gordon told the Kansas City Star when asked about a timetable for his return to the Royals’ active roster. “There’s still a lot of things that I have to accomplish before I go out there. And with the team having the big lead like we have in the [AL Central standings], there’s no reason to rush it.”
Jarrod Dyson and trade deadline acquisition Ben Zobrist have been handling left field in Gordon’s absence.
Kansas City has the biggest division lead of any team at 10 1/2 games.