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Injured Tigers outfielder Maybin likely to miss opening day

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin is likely to miss opening day while recovering from a fractured left wrist.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Maybin’s wrist isn’t healing quickly enough for him to be ready. Detroit starts the season April 5 at Miami.

Maybin had his wrist X-rayed on Friday.

“It showed signs of healing but he’s still not ready to do baseball activity,” Ausmus said. “Medically it wasn’t surprising, but I guess I was being optimistic.”

Maybin was injured in his first at-bat of the exhibition season when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Luis Severino of the New York Yankees.

“It’s going to be a least another week before they look at him again,” Ausmus said. “Once he gets the all-clear to start doing baseball work, he’s got to build up. He’s got to start swinging and build up to playing in games. I don’t see how he’s going to be ready at this point.”

Maybin hit .267 with 10 homers and 59 RBI last season with Atlanta, then was traded to the Tigers.

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.