Josh Hamilton still unable to run due to sore left knee

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Josh Hamilton is likely to be activated off the disabled list Tuesday, September 1 when major league rosters expand, but it sounds like he’s going to be limited to pinch-hitting duties for a while.

According to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the veteran outfielder has been taking batting practice and playing catch without issue but has not been cleared yet for running. “It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee,” Hamilton told the Star-Telegram. “I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step.”

Texas has won 12 of its last 16 games and opened play Sunday with a 1 1/2 game lead on the second American League Wild Card spot.

Hamilton, 34, has hit .254/.296/.430 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 38 games this season.

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.