Alex Avila has felt “disoriented” when swinging a bat lately

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Tigers catcher Alex Avila is again not in the lineup for Friday’s series opener in Kansas City against the Royals. Manager Brad Ausmus told the media that his catcher felt “disoriented” while swinging a bat on Thursday and Friday, per MLive.com’s Chris Iott. Avila has been battling the effects of a concussion and hasn’t played since Sunday. Following tonight’s contest, he will have started in only nine of the Tigers’ 17 September games.

With 10 games left in the regular season schedule, one has to wonder if Avila will be able to make it back before the post-season begins. While he’s out, Bryan Holaday and James McCann will handle catching duties, with McCann starting tonight.

In 436 plate appearances, Avila has hit .223/.331/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI on the season.

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.