Oblique strain sends Brett Lawrie back to the disabled list

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Brett Lawrie missed six weeks with a broken right index finger, came off the disabled list to rejoin the Blue Jays’ lineup Tuesday … and is now returning to the DL after suffering a strained oblique muscle in his first game back.

Oblique strains tend to linger, so don’t expect to see Lawrie again until September. Which likely means he’ll play fewer than 100 games this season after playing 107 games last year and 125 games in 2012.

Lawrie hit .293 with a .953 OPS in his 43-game debut as a 21-year-old in 2011, but since then he’s hit a combined .261 with a .721 OPS in 302 games.

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.