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.
The Mariners have activated third baseman Kyle Seager from the 60-day injured list, per a team announcement on Saturday. Dylan Moore has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Seager, while right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala has been placed on the 60-day IL (ruptured Achilles tendon).
Seager, 31, suffered a partial tear in the extensor tendon of his left hand during spring training and has yet to make his season debut. He underwent surgery on the tendon in mid-March and has had a long and slow recovery since then, eventually working his way up to a few starts in Triple-A last week. Through his first nine games in the minors, he batted .256/.310/.308 with two extra bases, seven RBI, and a .617 OPS over 42 plate appearances.
Any progress is good progress, though, and the Mariners will no doubt be looking to Seager to uphold the .250+ average, 3.0+ fWAR totals of seasons past as he works his way back to a full workload — especially with fellow third baseman Ryon Healy headed to the 10-day IL with a bout of back inflammation. Seager will start at third and bat sixth when the club faces off against the Athletics at 4:07 PM EDT on Saturday.