Alex Gordon underwent wrist surgery

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Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reported earlier this week that Royals outfielder Alex Gordon underwent surgery on his right wrist. Specifically, the procedure was a wrist extensor retinaculum repair. The Royals expect him to be ready with plenty of time to spare before Opening Day in April.

Gordon had missed a few games in mid-July due to wrist discomfort, and told the team that he was still having discomfort during his off-season workouts prior to Christmas.

Gordon, 30, helped lead the Royals to the World Series after batting a productive .266/.351/.432 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI in 643 plate appearances during the regular season. During the playoffs, he hit .204/.317/.370 with one home run and 11 RBI in 63 plate appearances.

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.