Royals sign Alex Gordon’s brother from independent league


Alex Gordon’s younger brother, Derek Gordon, is a 6-foot-8 right-hander who played last season for the independent league Kansas City T-Bones.

And now he’s signed a minor-league contract with the Royals.

Here’s the part that’s sure to raise eyebrows: Last season Derek Gordon appeared in 14 games for the T-Bones and had a 6.49 ERA with 23 walks and 12 strikeouts in 26 innings.

That’s the type of performance that gets you cut from an independent league team, not signed by an MLB team. But hey, congrats to the Gordon family.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.