Justin Masterson placed on the disabled list

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It’s official: the Red Sox have placed Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

Masterson has a 6.37 ERA in seven starts this season, with his last two being terrible. Sox manager John Farrell said Masterson was “clearly not right.” For his part, Masterson is not pleased with the move and says he’s feeling fine, just pitching like crap, which suggests that this is the Sox simply removing him from action. Not that you can blame them.

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.