Hyun-Jin Ryu throws three-inning simulated game

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The Dodgers’ workout Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles was closed off to the media, so we’ll have to trust the club’s own reporting on injured left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu …

Ryu hasn’t appeared in a game since September 12 due to shoulder inflammation, but the Dodgers are hoping to start him in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. If that’s not an option, the Dodgers will likely go with Dan Haren. They’re already committed to starting Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 4 if necessary.

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.