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Brian McCann to have knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

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Ken Rosenthal reports that Astros catcher Brian McCann needs surgery on his right knee that will keep him out 4-6 weeks.

McCann was placed on the disabled list yesterday due to more troubles with his right knee which has ailed him for much of the season. He’s now out at least until mid-August. In his absence, Max Stassi will spend most of the time behind the plate. Tim Federowicz was called up yesterday to serve as the backup. If that doesn’t work out well, you have to figure the Astros will be sending extra scouts to follow J.T. Realmuto and the Marlins, right?

McCann, who last played on June 30, is hitting .206/.283/.323 with five homers.

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.