Edwin Encarnacion got a cortisone shot for his ailing left shoulder, out Sunday afternoon

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Edwin Encarnacion made an early exit from Saturday’s game against the Astros and he is not in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Here’s the reason …

Encarnacion should avoid the disabled list, but it’s probably going to be a few days before he can swing a bat without discomfort. Toronto kicks off a three-game set with the visiting Marlins on Monday evening.

Encarnacion has tallied 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 55 games this season for the Blue Jays, but that has come with a relatively disappointing .749 OPS. He’s put up a .900 OPS or better in three straight years.

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.