Royals lose All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon for two months with groin injury

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Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was carted off the field Wednesday night with what looked like a severe groin injury and sure enough the news is bad: He’s been diagnosed with a “Grade 2-plus” strain and is expected to miss eight weeks.

That puts Gordon’s potential return date around mid-September, leaving little room to return this season if he suffers any setbacks and little room to make a big impact for the Royals even if he avoids further delays. He’ll also miss the All-Star game after being voted in as a starter for the American League.

It’s a big loss for Kansas City. Gordon is hitting .279 with 11 homers and a team-high .852 OPS and he also leads the otherwise free-swinging lineup with 39 walks. Beyond that, he’s among the best defensive outfielders in baseball and plays a big part in the Royals’ outstanding run prevention.

Jarrod Dyson can replace the great defense and will bring a lot more speed to the lineup than Gordon, but the Royals will miss his bat and patience at the plate.