Alex Gordon hopes to be cleared for throwing and batting practice early next week

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon needed an extensor retinaculum repair on his right wrist in early January, but he is aiming to be fully recovered by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. And his recovery has gone according to plan thus far.

Gordon will have a checkup early next week with Royals team physician Dr. Bruce Toby and the 31-year-old is hoping that he’ll be cleared during that visit for throwing and batting practice — the two biggest tests of his surgically-repaired wrist.

“It might be a little slow getting back into it,” Gordon told beat writer Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star on Tuesday afternoon. “But I’m confident when Opening Day comes, I’ll be fine.”

Gordon batted .266/.351/.432 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI in 156 games last season for the American League champions, earning his second career All-Star nod and fourth straight Gold Glove.