Health officials confirm Rays reliever Joel Peralta contracted mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

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Florida health officials have confirmed that Rays reliever Joel Peralta contracted the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus while in the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break.

Peralta was placed on the disabled list due to an assortment of flu-like (and worse) symptoms, telling the Tampa Tribune: “I just got sick and wasn’t sure why.”

He’s healthy now and off the disabled list, but it may take him a while to get back to full strength after experiencing fatigue, joint pain, and other problems.

Thousands of people in the Dominican Republic have contracted the virus, including several of Braves right-hander Ervin Santana’s family members, and so far there are 87 reported cases in Florida as well.

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.