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Alex Gordon placed on disabled list with labral tear in left hip

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Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports that Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a labral tear in his left hip. The Royals have recalled outfielder Abraham Almonte from Triple-A Omaha.

Gordon, 34, has dealt with these injuries before, as Vernier notes. Gordon tore the labrum in his right hip in 2009 and had issues with the labrum in his left hip in 2015 when he battled a groin injury.

In 24 plate appearances to start the season, Gordon hit a meager .174/.208/.217.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.