Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez to miss 8-10 weeks after elbow surgery

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The Dodgers announced this afternoon that reliever Paco Rodriguez is slated to undergo surgery next Thursday to remove loose bodies from the back of his left elbow. The expectation is that he’ll miss 8-10 weeks.

A second-round pick from 2012, Rodriguez impressed with a 2.21 ERA and 10.2 K/9 over his first 87 appearances with the Dodgers, but he showed diminished velocity between the majors and minors last season while also missing some time with a teres major muscle sprain. The 24-year-old began this season in the Dodgers’ bullpen and posted a 2.61 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings before going on the disabled list a month ago with what was termed as a left elbow strain.

Given Rodriguez’s timeline, the soonest he could contribute in the Dodgers’ bullpen again would be early-to-mid September. A setback could put him on the shelf for the rest of the year.

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.