Alex Gordon will begin a rehab assignment this weekend

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will begin a rehab assignment this weekend, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Gordon has been out since July 9 after suffering a Grade 2 groin strain. If all goes well, the Royals could get Gordon back by the end of the month.

Gordon, 31, was hitting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI prior to the injury, resulting in a nomination to the American League All-Star team for the third consecutive season. The 70-46 Royals lead the AL Central by 11.5 games over the Twins, so they’re near-locks to win the division. But the Royals would still like to get him back to remove any doubt and to give him enough playing time to remove any rust.