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Jeremy Hellickson in minor car accident

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MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli reports that Orioles’ right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was involved in a minor car accident while driving to the airport on Saturday. The details have yet to be released by the club, but Hellickson appears to be fine and will fly out to Baltimore on Sunday after tending to his girlfriend in the emergency room.

The 30-year-old righty was acquired by the Orioles on Friday in a trade that sent outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Phillies. He’ll help bolster a weakened pitching staff as the team makes a push for the postseason and could debut sometime during Baltimore’s upcoming seven-game homestand against the Royals and Tigers. Ghiroli adds that club manager Buck Showalter has not decided where Hellickson will fit in the rotation, but currently has “all options on the table.”

We’re going to let everything clear a little bit, especially with as hectic as these next two days will be [leading up to the Trade Deadline],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters. “Until we get our arms around him physically. I know he was working on one extra day’s rest, hadn’t pitched since the 22nd. I’d like to get a light work day. …We’ve got a tentative idea, but until we know how he’s feeling, how everything else is.

Ubaldo Jimenez and Dylan Bundy have been pencilled into the first two games of the Orioles’ homestand, which is scheduled to kick off on Monday evening. Hellickson is expected to throw on Sunday before joining the team for Monday’s game and will presumably be available later in the week.

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.