Royals outfielder Alex Gordon made a terrific catch in the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. With the Royals leading 3-0, Edinson Volquez began the sixth facing Micah Johnson. Johnson was late on a 93 MPH fastball, sending a fly ball down the left field line into the stands. Gordon could have let the ball drop, but instead he caught the ball with a leap and his momentum took him into the crowd. One fan in a White Sox jersey appeared to have taken the brunt of Gordon’s damage.
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Gordon was also helpful on the offensive side of things, slugging a two-run home run in the fourth inning off of John Danks, but the Royals weren’t able to generate much offense otherwise. They lost 5-3 to the White Sox.
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.