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Zack Greinke exits start with apparent injury

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke exited Wednesday afternoon’s start against the Pirates with two outs in the eighth inning with an apparent injury. Grienke grimaced after throwing a pitch to Pirates reliever Chris Stratton, batting in what was at the time an 8-0 game in favor of the D-Backs. Greinke spoke with the team trainer before exiting the game. Yoshihisa Hirano entered the game and finished off the at-bat by striking out Stratton to end the inning.

Grienke may have suffered his apparent injury when he was batting to lead off the sixth inning, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic suggests. At any rate, the D-Backs should pass along word on Greinke’s status later tonight. [Update: Greinke was removed due to abdominal tightness and will undergo an MRI on Friday, the team says.]

On the afternoon, Greinke pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, limiting the Pirates to just four hits with no walks and five strikeouts as the D-Backs won 11-1. He now owns a 6-1 record with a 2.78 ERA and a 62/8 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings this season.

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.