Danny Hultzen is hurt again

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Danny Hultzen just can’t stay healthy.

Now trying to resurrect his career as a reliever after injuries repeatedly kept the former No. 2 overall pick from living up to his potential with the Mariners, the left-hander had shoulder soreness Saturday.

Mariners manager Scott Servais told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune that Hultzen is “in a holding pattern right now” and an unnamed team official described his status as “not good.”

Hultzen ranked among Baseball America’s top 30 prospects in 2012 and 2013, but he’s thrown a grand total of just eight innings since 2014 and has yet to reach the majors at age 26.

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.