Matt Albers undergoes surgery for finger injury suffered in April 23 brawl with Royals

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White Sox reliever Matt Albers was placed on the disabled list April 25 after suffering a compression fracture in his right pinkie during Chicago’s brawl with the Royals on April 23 at U.S. Cellular Field.

The hope was that a little rest and rehab would heal the injury, but he hadn’t been making much progress and now Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Albers underwent surgery on Tuesday. The 32-year-old righty is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

Albers had allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings of relief this season for the Pale Hose, striking out five batters and issuing only one walk. He was signed to a minor league contract in February.

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.