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

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.