Jorge De La Rosa left Friday’s start with a groin injury

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Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa left Friday afternoon’s start against the Athletics — his Cactus League debut — with one out in the third inning due tightness in his left groin, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports. It’s an aggravation of an existing injury, as De La Rosa’s spring debut had been pushed back several times before.

The Rockies recently tabbed Kyle Kendrick as their Opening Day starter, when they’ll be in Milwaukee to face the Brewers. The thought was to have De La Rosa pitch the Rockies’ home opener against the Cubs a few days later, but that may be in doubt now.

De La Rosa, 33, is the ace of the Rockies’ staff but posted a 4.10 ERA with a 139/67 K/BB ratio in 184 1/3 innings last season.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.