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Luke Farrell sustains jaw fracture after getting struck with line drive

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Rangers VP of Communications John Blake revealed Saturday that right-handed reliever Luke Farrell sustained a non-displaced fracture on the right side of his jaw after he took a line drive to the face. It’s not clear how long Farrell will be sidelined from this point on, but he’ll meet with a dentist and facial surgeon on Monday and discuss treatment options moving forward.

The incident happened in the ninth inning of Saturday’s split squad game against the Giants. Farrell entered in the bottom of the inning, whiffed John Andreoli on three straight pitches, and had just lobbed his first pitch to Jalen Miller before the infielder returned the ball up the middle. Unable to block the comebacker, Farrell appeared to be bleeding after the ball struck his jaw and was promptly attended to by a team trainer before exiting the field, after which he was escorted to the nearest hospital.

This is the first significant injury to befall the righty in quite some time, and one from which he will hopefully make a quick recovery. Farrell was claimed off waivers by the Rangers in January and figures to be in the mix for a bullpen role this spring as he looks toward his third season in the majors. In 2018, he pitched to an underwhelming 5.17 ERA, 4.6 BB/9, and 11.2 SO/9 across 31 1/3 innings in the Cubs’ rotation and bullpen.

Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season.

Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. He made his big league debut two years later and, after a few years shuttling back and forth to the minors, moved from third base to the outfield and finally found success.

He wound up playing his entire 14-year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as position players with that much longevity with the franchise. He heads into a weekend four-game series against Detroit with the third-most walks (682), fourth-most homers (190), fifth-most doubles (357) and sixth-most games played (1,749) in club history.

The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in getting hit by pitches.

While he never quite hit with the kind of average the Royals hoped he would, Gordon did through sheer grit turn himself into one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outfielder to earn seven Gold Gloves in a nine-year span, a number that trails only White’s eight for the most in franchise history, and there are enough replays of him crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium or throwing out a runner at the plate to run for hours.

Gordon won the first of three defensive player of the year awards in 2014, when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since its 1985 championship. The Royals wound up losing to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to the Fall Classic the following year and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.

It was during the 2015 that Gordon hit one of the iconic homers in Royals history. His tying shot off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.

Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season, and he never considered opting out when the coronavirus pandemic caused spring training to be halted and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule.

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