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Amed Rosario leaves game with left knee irritation

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Mets shortstop Amed Rosario lasted just two innings during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Marlins. He made a hasty exit after feeling pain in his left knee, which he told reporters was triggered after sprinting to home plate in the second inning. There’s no word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but he could undergo an MRI on Sunday if the pain hasn’t subsided by then.

This is a crucial period for the 22-year-old shortstop, who still has a lot to prove following his underwhelming debut with the club last August. The former top prospect struggled with consistency, both at the plate and on the field, and his strikeout-prone approach fed into a .248/.271/.394 batting line with four home runs and seven stolen bases in 170 plate appearances with the Mets last year. While he’s already locked down another starting role for 2018, it remains to be seen whether he can make the necessary adjustments to be productive in the majors.

Rosario wasn’t the only Mets player with a health scare on Saturday — Noah Syndergaard took a Justin Bour comebacker off of his thigh in the first inning, though it was later revealed that the ball deflected off of his glove and made no impact or injury.

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.