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Jameson Taillon underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer

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Pirates starter Jameson Taillon underwent surgery for testicular cancer on Monday morning at Allegheny General Hospital, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. There is no timeline for his return yet.

Taillon, 25, went on the disabled list on Saturday with groin discomfort. He’s carrying a 3.31 ERA through his first six starts. Trevor Williams has taken Taillon’s spot in the rotation.

Obviously, baseball takes a back seat for something like this. We’re certainly hoping for the best for Taillon.

Taillon released a statement on Twitter:

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.