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.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.