Alex Gordon scheduled to make Cactus League debut Saturday

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has been busy rehabbing his surgically-repaired right wrist this month, but he’s finally nearing his spring debut.

According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, Gordon is tentatively scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday. That’s assuming all goes well in another minor league game tomorrow. Gordon had the surgery in January and just started facing live pitching on Monday, but two weeks worth of games should be enough time for him to shake the rust and get comfortable before Opening Day.

Gordon, 31, is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract and recently told Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star that he hasn’t had any extension talks with the Royals. His contract includes a $13.25 million player option for 2016, but he could obviously decline it and make a lot more in free agency.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.