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Rays’ Steven Souza could undergo season-ending hip surgery

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Rays’ outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will be undergoing tests on his left hip on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin. If he needs surgery, it would spell the end of the season for the 27-year-old, who has been battling hip pain on and off for the last three months. It’s the latest in a long string of injuries plaguing major league rosters this weekend, from Jacob deGrom‘s possible elbow surgery to Carlos Carrasco‘s broken hand and Keon Broxton‘s fractured wrist.

The Rays rank 16th among clubs in time lost to injuries this season, with 942 days spread over 53 injuries (via Baseball Injury Consultants). In the last month, they’ve already lost shortstop Matt Duffy to a left Achilles heel injury and first baseman Logan Morrison to a left torn wrist sheath.

Souza injured his hip in June, when he experienced some soreness after diving for a ball in an 8-7 win over the Mariners. He returned after a 17-game hiatus and has played consistently from early July through September, albeit not without occasional discomfort. The surgery, if necessary, would be more of a preventative measure for the outfielder, who told the Times that the pain was caused by pinching due to irregular bone growth:

We’ve known it the whole year. Sometimes it never inflames back up and sometimes it comes right back. And that’s kind of what the doctor said to me when I was there (in June), eventually is this is something that we need to deal with, just when is the question.

With the Rays already eliminated from playoff contention, now appears to be the optimal time to address the issue. Souza is batting .244/.302/.408 with 17 home runs in his second season with the Rays and is slated to start with the team on Sunday against the Orioles.

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.