Kyle Lobstein lands on 15-day DL with sore shoulder

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Kyle Lobstein made the Tigers’ starting rotation out of spring training with Justin Verlander (triceps) ticketed for the disabled list. But that spot will now go to right-hander Buck Farmer because Lobstein needs a disabled list stint of his own. Via the official Twitter account of the Detroit Tigers

Lobstein will undergo tests on the shoulder this week in Detroit. He has been bothered by discomfort for a couple of weeks, and there’s at least a hint of concern that it might be something serious.

The 25-year-old southpaw had registered a 4.34 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 20/16 K/BB ratio through 47 2/3 innings (eight starts) this season. His best start was May 7 in Chicago, when he held the White Sox to one unearned run on five hits over 7 2/3 frames. Farmer will start in his place on Thursday night in Anaheim.

Verlander’s rehabilitation from a triceps strain, meanwhile, has advanced to simulated action.

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.