Yankees rule out Michael Pineda until at least September

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed that right-hander Michael Pineda will be out until at least September with the strained forearm that sent him to the disabled list last week.

Pineda has a lengthy history of arm problems, including spending all of 2012 and 2013 on the sidelines, so the Yankees are no doubt going to be conservative with his recovery timetable.

He got off to a great start this season, but Pineda has mostly struggled dating back to mid-May and has a 3.97 ERA in 19 starts overall. He logged 76 innings for the Yankees last season and that’s the extent of his big-league action since starting 28 games for the Mariners as a rookie in 2011.

Luis Severino’s stay in the rotation could be a long one.

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.