Chris Carter could land on disabled list due to ankle injury

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Astros first baseman Chris Carter could be looking at an extended absence after he was forced to exit last night’s game against the Rangers due to a sprained right ankle.

Carter suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly after jumping to catch a high throw from second baseman Jose Altuve. Chandler Rome of MLB.com reports that no X-rays were taken, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch is prepared for the possibility that he’ll require a stint on the disabled list.

“I’m not going to have him out there hobbling around so I pulled him off,” Hinch said. “We’ll re-evaluate him overnight, see how he comes back. It’s possible that he avoids the DL, it’s also very possible he wakes up [Saturday] and we have to talk about what’s next for the next couple of weeks.”

Carter has 15 home runs through 86 games this season, but he’s batting just .185 with a .680 OPS and leads the majors with 115 strikeouts. Jonathan Singleton would likely see increased playing time at first base if Carter goes on the disabled list, but his minor league success has yet to translate against major league pitching.

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.