Alex Gordon carted off field with severe-looking groin strain

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Ugly scene Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was down on the ground for several minutes and eventually had to be taken off on a cart after injuring his left leg near the warning track while chasing after a ball in the fourth inning. It’s being called a left groin strain, but that’s just an initial diagnosis. An MRI is in the works.

MLB.com has video of the injury that unfortunately isn’t embeddable. The way his left leg twisted as he tried to replant — man, it looked really, really bad.

Gordon is among the best defensive players in the majors and he’s batting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI in 78 games this season for the American League Central-leading Royals.

He was named a starter for the American League All-Star team on Sunday evening.

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UPDATE, 11:29 p.m. ET: Bad news from the Royals’ postgame clubhouse