Chris Sale won’t start Wednesday against the Red Sox because of left shoulder tendinitis

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Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has the news:

Chris Sale has been scratched from Wednesday’s start with mild tendinitis in his left posterior shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

A team official said Sale is expected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

Hector Santiago will take the mound in his place. Sale has posted a fantastic 2.53 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in nine outings this season, fanning 61 batters and allowing only 15 walks in 64 innings. Any kind of shoulder trouble is concerning, but the White Sox don’t seem to think this will wind up being a big deal.

The White Sox have a scheduled team off day this Thursday, so they don’t have to add a new starter as long as Sale misses just one turn. The 24-year-old left-hander carries AL Cy Young Award potential.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.