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Ronald Guzmán exits game with hamstring tightness

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Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzmán lasted just three innings during Saturday’s game against the Angels. The infielder smacked a double off of the right field wall at the top of the third, but appeared to injure his leg while running the bases and was quickly removed from the game.

Further evaluation revealed a case of right hamstring tightness, though the extent of the injury and the length of Guzmán’s absence from the lineup has not been determined. Prior to Saturday’s appearance, the 24-year-old first baseman was 5-for-27 with two home runs and four RBI in his first eight games of the season.

An official replacement, if any is needed, has yet to be announced by the team. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News speculates that the Rangers could carve out a path for outfield prospect Willie Calhoun by shifting Joey Gallo from left field to first base and placing Edinson Vólquez on the 60-day injured list (pending an MRI for his elbow sprain), but they’ve yet to give any indication that they’re willing to do so.

Following Guzmán’s injury, Asdrúbal Cabrera stepped in to pinch-run at second base, then took over the hot corner while Logan Forsythe switched from third to first in the bottom of the inning. The Rangers currently trail the Angels 4-1 thanks to Mike Trout‘s grand slam off Drew Smyly in the fourth inning, his first since 2015.

Update: On Sunday, the Rangers placed Guzmán on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Infielder Patrick Wisdom was recalled from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.

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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