Byron Buxton time in Minnesota, as Twins lose Aaron Hicks to hamstring injury

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UPDATE: It’s official. Buxton is on his way back to the Twins.

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As if getting swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium wasn’t bad enough, now the Twins have placed center fielder Aaron Hicks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered during today’s game.

It’s a shame, because after struggling in both 2013 and 2014 the former top prospect has finally found his footing in the majors by hitting .272 with eight homers and a .738 OPS in 69 games.

No official announcement has been made yet, but every indication is that the Twins will call up stud prospect Byron Buxton from Triple-A to replace Hicks on the roster and in center field. It was Buxton’s thumb injury after just 11 games with the Twins in June that re-opened the door for Hicks to get another extended chance in Minnesota.

Buxton was demoted to Triple-A once he got healthy, but he’s gotten in a hit in all 13 games there and is batting over .400 for Rochester. It’s unfortunate that it may take a Hicks injury for Buxton to rejoin the Twins, but he absolutely deserves another chance to live up to the hype at age 21.

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.