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Yoenis Cespedes exits game with right hip tightness

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes lasted just one inning during Sunday’s game against the Rockies. He collected a single in his first at-bat, then advanced to third base on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s base hit and scoring the team’s first run on a Todd Frazier sac fly. His right hip appeared to trouble him while running the bases, however, and he was removed between innings with a bout of hip tightness.

It doesn’t look like there’s any great cause for alarm, though this isn’t the first time his hip has acted up during his last few seasons with the club. He’s been primarily sidelined with recurring hamstring and quad injuries, most recently with a lingering right hamstring strain that shortened his season by five weeks last fall. The Mets have yet to announce a specific timeline for Cespedes’ return, but he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being.

Injuries notwithstanding, Cespedes has gotten off to a decent, albeit slightly underwhelming start in 2018. He entered Sunday’s game batting 2.40/.301/.446 with seven home runs and an NL-worst 47 strikeouts in his first 133 plate appearances of the season. He was replaced by Brandon Nimmo in left field.

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.