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Andrew Triggs underwent season-ending hip surgery

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Athletics’ right-hander Andrew Triggs is out for the season, the team announced Friday. Triggs underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on Thursday and is expected to be back on the mound in time for spring training next season. The Athletics transferred him to the 60-day disabled list prior to the All-Star break when his rehab process was stalled.

Triggs, 28, is in his sophomore season with the club. He went 5-6 in his first 12 starts of the year and pitched to a 4.27 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 through 65 1/3 innings. While his overall production rate looked promising at the beginning of the 2017 season, he carried a four-game losing streak through his last four outings and got dinged for a cumulative 26 runs, seven walks and seven home runs over just 18 2/3 innings.

Without him, the A’s will press forward with a rotation featuring Sonny Gray, Sean Manaea, Daniel Gossett and Paul Blackburn. Sonny Gray continues to be the center of trade speculation, though a clear frontrunner has yet to emerge for the right-handed ace’s services.

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.