Matt Carpenter out of Cardinals’ lineup again due to “extreme fatigue”

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Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter wasn’t in Thursday’s lineup against the Cubs, which didn’t raise many eyebrows as it was considered a routine day of rest. But he wasn’t included in Friday’s lineup against the Pirates, either, which was rather curious.

According to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, Carpenter is dealing with “extreme fatigue” and didn’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh for their three-game weekend series, instead staying in St. Louis to rest. Pete Kozma is playing at third base in Carpenter’s place, batting eighth in Friday night’s lineup. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carpenter felt an accelerated heart rate and dehydration, resulting in his removal from a May 3 game against the Pirates in the eighth inning.

Losing Carpenter for any amount of time is a huge blow to the Cardinals, who own baseball’s best record at 21-7. Carpenter is batting .333/.403/.620 with 14 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored spending most of his time either leading off or batting second. Few players can claim they’ve been as valuable this season as Carpenter.

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.